5 Killed, 15 Wounded in University of Maiduguri Suicide Attack

At least people were killed and 15 others injured in a suicide bomb attack on University of Maiduguri, police said on Monday.

A university professor, Aliyu Mani was among the 5 people killed. Before he was killed today, Professor Mani served the university as the Director of Veterinary Services.

The blast happened at a mosque in the staff quarters area of the University of Maiduguri and is thought to have been carried out by a teenage girl.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but suspicion will likely fall on the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has repeatedly used young women and girls as human bombs.

Borno police spokesman Victor Isuku said that before the blast at the mosque, police on patrol shot a girl aged about 12 as she tried to get into the university at about 5:15 am (0415 GMT).

“The IED (improvised explosive device) strapped to her body exploded, killing her instantly,” he said in a statement.

“Shortly after that a second explosion occurred in a mosque inside the university.

“Four persons, including a professor and the second suicide bomber, died, while 15 persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to UMTH (University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital).”

Filibus Yamta Mshelia, from the registrar’s office at the university, said examinations scheduled for Monday had been postponed to a later date because of the attack.

Examinations set for Tuesday will take place as planned, he added in a letter to staff and students.

“We urge all students to remain calm and vigilant,” he wrote.

Access to the university campus has been strictly controlled, with checkpoints and searches at the gates, which until now had prevented a direct attack.

But the site, on one of the main thoroughfares leading in to and out of the city, is vast and most areas are badly lit.

Students also say security has been relaxed in recent months and some of the soldiers who manned the campus gates have been withdrawn.

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