The Nigerian military has confirmed that 20 students and a teacher were killed when gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram members, attacked a secondary school in Yobe early hours of the morning.
“At about 0530hrs today Saturday 6 Jul 13, unknown gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Terrorists attacked Government Secondary School Mamudo near Potiskum Town. 20 students and a teacher were confirmed dead while 4 students sustained injuries and are in critical condition,” the spokesman for the Joint Task Force in Yobe, Eli Lazarus said.
A witness also said many of the victims were burnt alive by the attackers. Parents struggled to identify the bodies of their children as some where burnt beyond recognition.
The attack occurred less than one month after gunmen, on June 16, killed seven students and two teachers in a government secondary school in Damaturu; and nine students a day later in neighbouring Borno State.