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The University of Maiduguri was hit by a suicide bomber attack. The bomber is believed to be a teenage girl.

Local source NAIJ.com reported that a bomb exploded at the mosque inside the University of Maiduguri in Borno state. Many people are feared to be casualties of the attack, which transpired on Monday morning.

There are speculations that the attack was caused by Boko Haram terrorists. Students and staff members were in the mosque to have their early morning prayers when the bomb exploded.

According to Aljazeera, at least four people were believed to have died and 15 others injured in the suicide bomb attack. The mission was said to have been carried out by a teenage girl.

While no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the incident, it is likely that Boko Haram may have played a role in the act. The group is notorious for using young women and girls as human bombs.

The publication noted that the act of terror may be the result of Boko Haram losing control in its strongest hideout, which is the Sambisa Forest. The northeast part of the country is already under military control.

Reporter Ahmed Idris said that Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram group, urged his supporters to "hit the Nigerian population as hard as possible." He encouraged his supporters to use bombs, guns as well as slash-and-burn.

Borno police spokesman Victor Isuku confirmed that, prior to the blast at the mosque, police shot a girl, believed to be 12 years old, as she tried to get inside the school. The IED (improvised explosive device) she had strapped to her body exploded.

RT added that another suicide bomber detonated his device at one of the gates used to enter the University of Maiduguri. This came as panic rose due to the first explosion. The suicide bomber who was shot by police was said to have tried to scale a fence.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari sent his condolences to the victims' families. He also deemed the terrorists behind the attack as having "no true understanding of Islam."

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