Many people are feared dead after twin bomb explosions rocked the University of Maiduguri in the early hours of Monday. The bomb blast was reported to have gone off at around 6:30 am at the mosque of the University when students and staff were observing their early morning prayer.
The first bomb was said to have occurred at a mosque within the staff quarters at the time Muslim worshippers were busy concluding the early morning prayer while the second attack was said to have happened near the university’s 5th gate usually used by pedestrians.
It was gathered that a Professor and two others were killed in the blast, while thirteen others were rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
A female student, name withheld for security reasons, said her father was just lucky to have stepped out of the mosque before it went off. She said:
“But many of his colleagues like Professor Mani and other senior staffers have either been killed or badly injured. When we tried going to scene of the blast, everywhere was covered with shredded human flesh and blood. Most the bodies are being taken to the Teaching hospital while others were rushed to the school clinic.”
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is believed to have been carried out by the Boko Haram.
The Borno police spokesperson, Victor Isuku, confirmed the explosions but could not provide details. The police public relations officer said the commissioner of police has mobilised his officials to the university campus.
Monday’s explosion is the first major onslaught on the university since the insurgency began over seven years ago. Although Several times, the Boko Haram terrorists have made attempts to attack the University, but have always been repelled by the military.