Gunfire inside school in Nigeria

Injuries reported as gunmen attack school in Nigeria, no casualties reported

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Boko Haram is suspected of being responsible for two explosions followed by gunfire in a school attack in northeast Nigeria on Friday.

No lives were lost yet the number of injuries is still been uncertain.

A hospital worker told AP that “five students were wounded by gunfire while 45 people had injuries after jumping out of windows in order to escape from the attackers and gunfire.”

However, another local source, Nigeriana News reported that 12 students were seriously wounded by gunfire.

“We have evacuated 12 people with serious gunshot wounds to hospital from the scene of the shooting attack,” said a police officer.

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the car park of the College of Administrative and Business Studies in Potiskum, a security officer and a hospital worker told The Associated Press.

The college dormitory was empty and all the students were studying in their classroom when the second bomb exploded.

“The gunmen arrived around 8 am on Friday. They opened fire at the gate of the business school. Security guards armed only with clubs ran away,” said the witnesses.

The injured people included students from the neighboring Government Science Secondary School, who thought they were also under attack.

At least 47 people, most of them students, were killed after an explosion ripped through a secondary school in northeast Nigeria as students gathered for morning assembly before classes began ,in November 2014.

It has been nearly a year since Boko Haram last attacked a school and started losing territory to Nigerian army allied with troops from neighboring countries.

“Boko Haram has fled to strongholds in the vast Sambisa Forest of northeast Nigeria, where Nigerian troops destroyed about 20 camps this month and rescued nearly 700 girls and women held in captivity by the insurgents,” says Nigeria’s military spokesperson.

TRTWorld and agencies