Many people are feared dead after twin bomb explosions in Nigerian University, the University of Maiduguri in North-East Nigeria in the early hours of Monday, January 16, 2017.
In the past year, there were series of bomb explosions in Nigeria. Terrorist attacks in the North-East Nigeria has continued to rise and has affected the lives of the inhabitants of the area.
Millions have been displaced, their lives put on hold as a result of the terrorist threats. But now, for the first time, it has reached the University, as twin bomb exploded in the Nigerian University.
After the blasts, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but it is believed to have been carried out by the famous terrorist sect in the Northern Nigeria, “Boko Haram”.
Monday’s explosion is the first major onslaught on the university since the insurgency began over seven years ago.
The Borno police spokesperson, Victor Isuku, confirmed the explosions but could not provide details.
A source within the university said the first blast occurred at a mosque within the staff quarters, at the time Muslim worshipers were busy concluding the early morning prayer.
The second attack was said to have happened near the university’s 5th gate, usually used by pedestrians.
A female student with undisclosed identity said her father was just lucky to have stepped out of the mosque before it went off.
“But many of his colleagues like Professor Mani and other senior staffers have either been killed or badly injured. When we tried going to the scene of the blast, everywhere was covered with shredded human flesh and blood.
“Most of the bodies are being taken to the Teaching hospital while others were rushed to the school clinic”.
She said soldiers have since taken over the scene.
The police public relations officer said the commissioner of police has mobilized his officials to the university campus.
Witnesses say the mosque was completely destroyed.
More detail to come soon.