Troops have killed two suicide bombers who were attempting to infiltrate the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in the Borno State capital.
The suicide bombers attempted the invasion on Sunday night.
The state police command in a message said the two bombers were intercepted by a joint patrol of police and naval personnel, who opened fire on them.
A statement by Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said: “Special Forces of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in conjunction with some Nigerian Army (NA) troops, successfully foiled a suicide bombing by Boko Haram terrorists at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, on the night of April 8, 2018.
“The Boko Haram suicide bombers tried to gain access to the university but were quickly detected by the NAF Special Forces.
“The vest on one of the suicide bombers detonated before they could gain access to 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 terrorists, following which an additional suicide bomber was identified and neutralised.
“The NAF Agusta LUH was still searching for the other fleeing terrorists at the time of this statement.”Please subscribe to our newsletter