Many people are feared dead, and several others critically injured, after twin bomb explosions rocked the University of Maiduguri.
The explosion, which happened in the early hours of Monday, is the first to occur in the university since the Boko Haram insurgency began.
Although, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, it is believed to have been carried out by the deadly sect which began its insurgency over seven years ago.
Confirming the incident, the Borno police spokesperson, Victor Isuku, said that the details were still sketchy as at the time of publishing this report.
“Yes, I can confirm there was an explosion within the premises of University of Maiduguri during the early morning prayers by Muslim faithfuls, details is still been awaited,” he said.
According to a source within the university, the first blast occurred at a mosque within the staff quarters at the time Muslim worshippers were busy concluding the early Morning Prayer, while the second attack allegedly happened near the university’s 5th gate usually used by pedestrians.
A female student 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 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.
It was learnt that the scenes have been cordoned by security operatives.