Press Trust of India
ABUJA, 8 JULY: Twenty-nine students and a teacher have been killed by suspected Islamist insurgents who set on fire a government school building in Nigeria’s Yobe state.
Armed men attacked the school, located in the town of Mamudo at around 3 a.m. local time yesterday.
Witnesses said suspected militants arrived with containers full of fuel and set fire to the school.
Most of the victims were burnt alive by the assailants.
Some of the parents had two or more children killed in the incident while the survivors remained in great shock.
Military spokesperson Eli Lazarus said that 20 students had died but eyewitnesses maintained that 29 students and a teacher, named as Mohammed Musa, were killed.
Mr Lazarus said no arrests have been made so far but search operations have commenced.
Survivors were treated for burns and gunshot wounds at a nearby hospital.
Residents and parents lamented that despite the declaration of state of emergency in the state, military protection was not provided for students.
Members of radical Islamic sect Boko Haram have been carrying out killings in northern Nigeria since 2009 forcing the government of President Goodluck Jonathan to declare state of emergency in three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa with massive deployment of soldiers to the area.
However, the sect which says it abhors Western education manages to carry out surprise attacks from time to time in the northern parts of the oil-rich African country.