By Busari Yusuf
A bomb explosion happened in the early hours of Monday at the staff quarters mosque of the University of Maidugri, Borno state, Nigeria leaving scores of dead Islamic faithful.
According to Sani Datti Head Media and Public Relations (NEMA) the twin blast occurred around 5 am this morning during the fajr [dawn] prayers at a Mosque near Gate 1, while the other explosion happened at the gate 5 area of the University killing the suicide bomber.
He added that rescue and security officials were at scene and seventeen (17 ) injured victims were evacuated to Hospital. Two persons and two suicide bombers were confirmed dead at the time of response.
Examinations which are scheduled to begin next week has been cancelled.
A female student, names withheld for security reasons, said her father was just lucky to have stepped out of the mosque before it went off. Premium Times reports.
“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 soldiers have since taken over the scenes.
Monday’s explosion is the first major onslaught on the university since the insurgency began over seven years ago.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is believed to have been carried out by the Boko Haram.
Photos from the blast below;