Nigeria: Explosions Rock Gombe State University

Gunfire and explosions were heard in Gombe late Thursday night, but authorities did not answer calls for comment.

Series of explosions rocked the campus of Gombe State University near the university’s administrative block.

Report says the explosions happened around 8 p.m. and immediately students started running out of the classes and hostels.

The explosions were followed by incessant gunfire that lasted for more than 30 minutes.

Number of casualties is yet to be known.

Many students, lecturers and staff of the university were trapped outside the campus, and were unlikely to return until the nature of the explosions is ascertained.

The explosions at Gombe State University came on a day that suspected Boko Haram militants launched attacks at buildings housing newspaper offices in Kaduna and Abuja.

Diplomats and military officials say Boko Haram has links with two other al-Qaida-aligned terrorist groups in Africa. Members of the sect also reportedly have been spotted in northern Mali which Tuareg rebels and hardline Islamists seized control of over the past month.

Violence, both blamed on the sect and not, continued unstopped this week across Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north. Authorities said gunmen killed two police officers overnight Thursday in Gombe state, while assailants killed three people Tuesday night at a bar in Yobe state. Police also blamed Boko Haram members for shooting to death a retired government worker in Maiduguri.

Attacks against journalists also remain common in Nigeria, a country of more than 160 million where corruption pervades government and business. In January, Boko Haram gunmen shot and killed a journalist with private network Channels Television during an attack on the northern city of Kano that killed at least 185 people.

“It confirms our fears the media is not safe,” said Mohammed Garba, president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. “Journalists are not safe.”

  1. pukki Reply

    Hmm interestn

  2. Mary Reply

    Hmm! These is getin out hand, bt d Lord is our strength

  3. felett Reply

    is dis endin or wat? God is going 2 fight 4 us. dey’ll face it!

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