Primary schools set ablaze in Maiduguri

Channels Television  
Updated February 23, 2012

Classrooms of a primary school were on Wednesday night set ablaze in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital by men suspected to be members of Boko Haram


The classrooms were reportedly set ablaze overnight and by the break of dawn, they had razed down. This is the second non-denominational school to be targeted in one week.


Confirming the attacks to Agency reports, the education officer for Borno state stated that “two classrooms were completely burnt down overnight and other buildings at the government-run school were still alight on Thursday morning.”


He added that the gunmen held the school’s security guard hostage when the launched the attack, late Wednesday night as four men entered the premises to start the fires.


The attack, yet to be claimed by any group bears the hallmarks the fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram group, which has recently threatened to attack non-Islamic schools.


Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden”, wants to establish Sharia law in Nigeria.

The group has been responsible of a series of deadly attacks and assassinations across states in northern Nigeria.