Four people, including a professor were feared killed and 17 others sustained different degrees of injuries when two bomb explosions went off on Monday morning at the University of Maiduguri, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said.
Monday’s attack on the University was the first since the Boko Haram insurgency began in Borno State, over seven years ago.
A post on the social media handle of the North East regional office of the NEMA, North East, said that the agency has evacuated the bodies of the dead, while the injured are said to have been taken to the University’s clinic as well as the University Teaching Hospital.
The Borno police spokesperson, Victor Isuku, confirmed the explosions but did not provide more details.
Isuku added that the State’s Commissioner of Police has mobilised his officials to the university campus.
However a source within the institution said the first explosion took place in a mosque at the staff quarters of the University, when the Muslim faithful were conducting their early morning prayers.
The second blast reportedly occurred close to one of the gates of the University usually used by pedestrians.
A female student, whose name could not be given for security reasons, told newsmen that her father happened to have stepped out of the mosque before the blast occurred.
She added however that many of her father’s colleagues who were still at the mosque as at the time of the blast, “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,” She said.
The source also said that soldiers have since taken over the scenes.