Boko Haram Sets Ablaze Three Schools in Borno

Three schools have been burnt down in Biu, a Borno State town, yesterday, as soldiers and gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram engaged in a gun battle. It was gathered that the strings of bomb blasts and gunfire started just after midnight on Saturday and lasted for about four hours.

Residents of the town had sleepless night as the terrorists set the schools ablaze. They also could not come out while the schools were in flame. A source in Biu, a town 185kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital, told reporters on the telephone that the three schools attacked were privately owned. The schools include; Godiya Primary school, Lajada Private School and Standard Private School.

The resident expressed shock at the attack in spite of the imposition of an unofficial curfew on the town. “We were shocked by last night’s attack on the schools because Biu town closes down at 5:30pm to observe the curfew imposed on the town since last Wednesday robbery attack at Coca Cola mini depot that led to the death of a soldier and three others.

“We cannot but ask the soldiers to explain to us how three schools could be burnt down during the curfew hours and none of the culprits was arrested. “



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