Luck ran out for a suicide attacker on Saturday in Maiduguri, who attempted to bomb the University of Maiduguri but ended up killing himself while waiting for the right time to strike.
This is coming barely two days after another set of three attackers stormed the female hostel institution
Indeed, the institution has recently become the target of Boko Haram suicide with about five suicide attacks carried out within it in the last three months.
The Borno State police commissioner, Damian Chukwu, in a statement on Saturday said the latest incident happened at about 10 a.m, Saturday .
He said the bomber hid near the the university’s Children Secondary School, and detonated the bomb, killing himself, when he sighted a security man coming in his direction.
There was no other casualty in the incident, he said.
The incident, the third in less than two weeks, has however heightened tension in the campus, as students and staff alike expressed worries over the frequent attacks there.
Another statement by the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency in the North East, Mallam Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said the suicide bomber was the lone death recorded during the attempted attack.
He said the explosive on him went off while lying in wait for the right opportunity to detonate the bomb among students gathering.
The statement read: “Today 20/5/2017 some minutes past 10 am, one male adult suicide bomber hid in the bush within university community surrounding, supposedly trying to gain access into university where students are gathering.
“Unfortunately for him the IED exploded and killed him, No casualty was recorded. The corpse was deposited at Borno specialist hospital.”
This is as the Nigerian Army has announced that troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade on Friday rescued 998 people from Boko Haram captivity, during a fighting patrol in some villages in Borno.
According to a statement by the army, the “patrol team had a fierce encounter with the terrorists at Ndufu which they decisively dealt with before proceeding to clear Muktu and Muzuri, as well as nearby communities within the area.”
The statement added that about nine terrorists were killed and an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory was destroyed.
“Following confirmed information about the presence of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in some villages around Ngala, troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade Nigerian Army, today, Friday 19th May 2017, along with some Civilian JTF embarked on Fighting Patrol to the area.
“The patrol team had a fierce encounter with the terrorists at Ndufu which they decisively dealt with before proceeding to clear Muktu and Muzuri, as well as nearby communities within the area.
“Although some of the terrorists fled to various direction on sighting the troops, the patrol team was able to neutralize 9 terrorists, destroyed their Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory and rescued 998 persons. Those rescued were 125 at Ndufu, 802 at Muktu and 71 persons at Muzuri. Interestingly, despite the heat of the battle, the troops also vaccinated all children under the age of 5 with Polio vaccinations.
“In addition, the troops recovered 1 AK-47 Rifle with registration number 565231515, an AK-47 Rifle Magazine, 2 Boko Haram terrorist flags, 4 Motorcycles, 2 Solar Panels, 2 already prepared IEDs, Detonating cords and other explosive making components.
“It is gratifying to note that 3 Battalion has maintained its status as one of the best fighting unit in the theatre as they did not sustain any casualty or injury during the operation,” the statement added.