Troops Foil Suicide Bomb Attack On Maiduguri University
A suicide bomb attack by suspected members of Boko Haram on the University of Maiduguri has been foiled by the Nigerian Air Force.
There have been several suicide attacks on the university in the past, but this time, NAF's Special Forces and some Nigerian Army troops, successfully foiled the plan.
It was supposed to happen on Sunday night, according to a statement in Abuja by the spokesman for the NAF, Olatokunbo Adesanya.
“The BHT (Boko Haram Terrorists) suicide bombers tried to gain access into the University but were quickly detected by the NAF Special Forces.
"Meanwhile, the vest on one of the suicide bombers detonated before they could gain access into the hostel, leading to commotion.
"However, there was no reported fatality except for the suicide bomber, whose counterparts immediately fled, when the NAF Special Forces and the NA troops opened fire on them.
"The NAF Agusta Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) then went in pursuit of the fleeing BHTs, following which an additional suicide bomber was identified and neutralised,” he said in the statement on Monday.
Adesanya said the NAF Agusta LUH is still searching for the other fleeing terrorists.
"Members of the populace, especially around the University premises are, therefore, requested to be very vigilant,” the NAF spokesman said.
This foiled attack comes a day after troops also foiled suicide attack plans on Konduga community in Borno State.
Two suicide bombers had planned to attack residents of Mandanari area in Konduga, but were spotted by vigilante.