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Police foil another BUK tragedy, detonate 3 powerful bombs

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From Edwin Olofu, Kano

The anti-bomb squad of the Kano state Police Command yesterday detonated three high caliber time bombs on the old campus of Bayero University, Kano.
The explosives were planted around the Faculties of Science and Law as well as the Sports complex. 
The anti-bomb squad, backed by armed personnel, cordoned off the old site and evacuated residents to safety before swinging into action in an institution located in the densely populated ghettoes of Kabuga, Dorayi and Rijiyar Zaki.
Bayero University, witnessed devastating attacks by gunmen penultimate week that killed some 20 Christian worshippers, including two professors. 
Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Magaji Musa Majia, yesterday said the police were alerted by the university authorities.
“We are in the university at the invitation of the BUK authorities to diffuse some strange objects established to be high calibre improvised explosive devices planted by unknown persons.”
He added that “our men have professionally and successfully detonated the three bombs and I am glad to inform you that no one was hurt in the process.”
Loud explosions were heard in and around BUK when the bombs were being detonated, causing understandable panic in a university community yet to recover from the penultimate weekend’s killings.
Yesterday’s incident prompted the beefing up of security in Kano city to forestall possible breakdown of law and order just as military aircraft  hovered over fear-stricken Kano.
The discovery of time bombs on the old campus came barely two weeks after an IED was found concealed at the Sociology Department on the new Campus located on the Kano-Gwarzo federal highway.
The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Mustapha Zaharadeen said, “yes, we found strange and suspicious objects on our old campus and had gleefully invited the police to establish the facts of the matter”.
Zaharadeen added that the university authorities were holding “a crucial meeting”, stating that the official position of the university would be make known to the public in due course”.

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