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Four killed in UNIMAID explosion

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Kayode Idowu

Palpable fear has gripped the University of Maiduguri and its environs as three suicide bombers detonated explosives in the institution on Saturday, leaving four persons dead and one injured.

The latest attack, which is the third of such in recent times on the institution, disrupted the Computer-Based Test for candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

It will be recalled that the ongoing semester examinations in the institution was postponed due to the UTME.

An official of the examination regulatory body, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Kaka John, told journalists that the six test centres in the university recorded low turnout following Saturday’s explosion.

“We were supposed to start at 9am, but I think because of the fear, the students did not show up. This made us to start around 10am,” he said, adding that the security agencies did not also show up on time because many of them had moved to the scene of the blasts.

The spokesman for the North-East office of the National Emergency Management Agency, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, in a statement in Maiduguri confirmed the attack.

Ibrahim said, “Today at 1:10am, three suicide bombers, two men and a woman, attempted to gain access into the University of Maiduguri, but were sighted by the university security that stopped them for interrogation.

“While interrogating them, the two suicide bombers detonated their explosive devices, which injured one of the security personnel and killed another. The third suicide bomber hid close to the vicinity of a building in the university and later detonated her explosive which affected the structure of the building with no casualty.

“The injured was taken to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital after the administration of first aid, while the corpses were deposited at Borno Specialist hospital.”

The spokesman for the Borno State Police Command, Mr Victor Isuku, in a statement in Maiduguri, said, “In an attempt to apprehend them, the suicide bombers hurriedly detonated explosives strapped to their bodies, killing themselves and a university security personnel in the process. A soldier was reported injured in the explosion, and he is currently receiving treatment at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.”

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