Police on surveillance duty around the University of Maiduguri on Thursday night gunned down two male suicide bombers who were attempting to sneak into the varsity’s campus to carry out another attack.
“It will interest you to know that the command recently deployed a full unit of PMF (Police Mobile Force) personnel, as well as guard and sniffer police dogs to the University, to compliment the presence of security personnel there.
“One of the suicide bomber was shot dead, while the second bomber hurriedly detonated IED strapped to his body, killing himself, to avoid being captured alive,” said the police spokesperson.
The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, had last week approved N50 million for digging of a trench around the perimeters of the university as a short time measure, wading off the invading suicide bombers.
The University of Maiduguri has since January this year become a major target of Boko Haram suicide bombers leading to the death of over a dozen people including a professor.
The latest attack on the campus was a coordinated one that took place on June 25 during which three suicide bombers found their way into the campus and killed a female security staff of the institution.