Police identify 7-year-old boy as University of Maiduguri suicide bomber

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By Mustapha Buhari, Maiduguri

The police on Monday identified a seven-year-old boy as one of the suicide bombers that attacked University of Maiduguri in the early hours of the day.

The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, said one of the suicide bombers was sighted and gunned down while attempting to scale the perimeter fence of the university.

“At about 5:45 a.m. a mobile police officer who is on duty sighted a suicide bomber who was trying to scale the fence at Gate Five of the university. Suspicious of his movement, the mobile police officer instantly gunned him down and his bomb exploded and killed him instantly.

“The second suicide bomber, a seven-year-old, detonated the second explosive at the senior staff quarters mosque in the university where a professor and four persons were killed and 15 persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the hospital,” he said.

The CP said that 15 persons who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to the hospital.

The executive secretary of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Satomi, confirmed that the professor that killed in the blast was Aliyu Usman Mani, the Director of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maiduguri.

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