On Sunday night and early Monday morning, Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State was rocked with terror as seven bombers lead a series of coordinated attacks killing a dozen people and injuring 11. The attacks started at night despite the locals having a peaceful Eid-el-Fitri celebration during the day.
The number of casualties was revealed by Mr Damian Chukuwu, the police commissioner of Borno State. “We recorded the deaths of 16 persons, including the suicide bombers, and injured to 13,” reported Mr Chukuwu to Nigeria news.
Three of the suicide bombers attacked the University of Maiduguri, donating themselves at different locations of the institutions. One was the security office, where one personnel, a female, later succumbed to injuries.
Addressing the press on Monday, the police commissioner said: “Yesterday 25th June 2017 at about 2221 hours, a male suicide bomber gained entry into the premises of University of Maiduguri and donated PBIED on his body near the Rapid Response Services Office building. The suicide bomber died while three University security personnel on duty were injured.”
Hours later, four suicide bombers found their way to the Zannari community in Gwange. Two of the suicide bombers donated themselves in two residential buildings. The attack killed 8 residents, injuring 11.
The third bombers detonated PBIEDs detonated the bomb alone killing no one. The fourth suicide bomber was later arrested but succumbed to injuries the same night.
According to police, those who picked injuries in the explosion were rushed to the University if Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. Danjuma Gambo, a professor of Mass Communication at the University confirmed the incident.
Residents of Maiduguri had a peaceful Eid-el-Fitr but come the 10 p.m., bombing and shootings rented most part of the night and early Monday morning hours. “The noise of the explosion coming from the university woke us up from the sleep at around 10 p.m.,” said one source to https://1push.ng/nigeria-newspaper .
The University of Maiduguri is not new to the attack shows political news Nigeria . Its proximity, just 45 km from the Sambisa forest has suffered multiple attacks from the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist sect. The last fatal attack was in January where a renowned professor of veterinary medicine died alongside a few others.
Nigeria latest news show that a months ago, a male suicide bomber attacks the university barely 2 days after the institution suffered another unfruitful attack from a female bomber. The number of suicide bombs from Boko Haram continues to increase. On June 19 there was a blast that killed 12 people with a 14 dead from an explosion on June 7.
On Friday, the country state security said it had prevented explosive attacks targeting four northern cities – Kaduna, Kano, Maiduguri and Sokoto. The attacks were planned to interrupt the celebration of Islam holy month, Ramadan.
Since 2009, Boko Haram is responsible for more than 200,000 deaths with over 2 million fleeing their home as per Nigerian newspaper review. The terrorist sect plan is to create an Islamic state in the northeast Nigeria.
Nigeria’s army with the help of troops from the neighbouring countries gained back the majority of the territory pushing then back to a swathe of land which the sect controlled until early 2015.
Boko Haram lead is terror campaign using IEDs and gun raid in public areas such as markets and mosques. Neighboring countries aiding the Nigeria army have not been spared – Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin who form the five-nation regional force fighting the Boko Haram.
The number of suicide continues to increase although in majority only the suicide bomber died.
On Sunday, Chad’s president, Idriss Deby, threatened to pull his country support out of the peacekeeping mission in Nigeria and other fighting nation claiming lack of foreign financial support. Chad had the third-largest contingent, 1,390 soldiers, in the UN peacekeeping mission.