A female suicide bomber today detonated a bomb that exploded at the Federal College of Education (FCE) Kontagora, in Niger state, when students of the school were attending their lectures in the examination halls.
A student, Blessing Auta, told our reporter on telephone that the casualties included the two suicide bombers.
“At about 12:30, we heard a loud noise from our examination hall. On reaching there, we saw two female bombers with detached bodies on the ground. Some students near the scene were affected,” she said.
Another student said that some of the students injured in the blast have been taken to the General Hospital, Kontagora, for treatment.
The Niger state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Malam Ibrahim Abiodun Gambari confirmed that the suicide bomber died at the spot and four students were injured, were been treated at Kontagora General Hospital.
He stated that from preliminary investigation, the target of the suicide bomber was the school library but could not gain entrance and decided to detonate it before reaching the library.
Meanwhile, the governor of Niger state, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has condemned the attack, saying that it was dastardly and condemnable.
In a statement, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ebije yesterday in Minna, the Niger State Governor confirmed that the only death recorded was that of the female attacker.
Aliyu urged people of Kontagora and indeed Niger state to remain calm as, according to him, full-scale investigation has commenced and that the blast could not be linked to any terror organization yet.
He said the state government has already doubled security in all schools in Niger state, adding that the state has also put up a team to ensure continuous screening of people in school environments to prevent evil perpetrators from infiltrating.
The Niger state governor further said students affected by the blast are already receiving treatment for injuries sustained. He, therefore, expressed optimism those receiving treatment will soon be discharged.