What with the numerous other things going on in our lives, we often forget that we’re in the middle of an ongoing battle with terrorism. And today we have just had an unfortunate reminder of that fact.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed the death of four persons including a professor, reported to be professor Aliyu Mani of the Department of Veterinary Medicine who was said to be inside the mosque at the time of the incident.
The agency also confirmed that 17 persons were injured in the twin blasts that occurred on the campus of the University of Maiduguri.
According to the police public relations officer, Victor Isuku, a deputy superintendent of police, the blast occurred at about 5:15 a.m.
“At about 0515hrs of today, a police mobile force personnel on duty near gate 4 at the back of university of Maiduguri, gunned down a female suicide bomber of about 12yrs old, who was trying to infiltrate the university premises, and the IED strapped to her body exploded killing her instantly. Shortly after that, a second explosion occurred in a mosque inside the university. Four (4) persons including a professor and the second suicide bomber died, while fifteen(15) persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to UMTH”, he said.
The spokesperson of NEMA, Sani Datti, also spoke on the blasts.
“One of the suicide bombers detonated his explosion at a Mosque near Gate 1 when people were observing their early morning prayer, the second one occurred around Gate 5 of the University.
Rescue and security officials were at scene and seventeen injured victims were evacuated to hospital.
Two persons and two suicide bombers confirmed dead (total of four) at the time of response,” Mr. Datti said.
May the souls of all the departed rest in perfect peace.
Written by Okolo Ezinne