The Borno State Police Command has confirmed that two persons were killed after the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) on Eid-el-Fitr night came under a series of attacks as suicide bombers detonated their explosives at different locations including the security office.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isukwu, who informed journalists on the Borno Police Whatsapp page, said that he was at the scene of the incident at about 12:05 a.m. on Monday.
He said, “At UNIMAID only one male suicide bomber died. Three university security personnel were injured. One later died.”
The police spokesman who also confirmed that there were other suicide attacks in Maiduguri on Sallah night promised to give further details.
Danjuma Gambo, a professor in the Mass Communications department of the university, who is also the spokesperson of the institution, confirmed in a BBC Hausa broadcast on Monday morning that three suicide attacks took place in the university last night.
Also speaking, a member of the youth vigilante in the town said that the suicide attack was not targeted at the university alone.
He said: “There was suicide attack at Zannari, a community close to the university at about 10:30 p.m .”
Inhabitants of Maiduguri after celebrating a hitch-free Sallah could not go to sleep on Sunday night as sounds of bombings and shootings rented most part of the night and early hours of the dawn.
Premium Times reported that the city vibrated with the first blast, which occurred at about 10:15 p.m. Immediately after it was confirmed that it was from the university campus, another explosion occurred at exactly 11 p.m.