A gunman opened fire on Friday outside a
school in northeast Nigeria‘s city of
Potiskum, seriously wounding 12 students
in an area repeatedly targeted by Boko
Haram, a police officer and witnesses said.
“We have evacuated 12 people with serious
gunshot wounds to hospital from the scene
of the shooting attack,” said the officer, who
Multiple students at the College of
Administrative and Business Studies in
Potiskum, Yobe state, said the attacker with
explosives strapped to his body blew
himself up when he ran out of ammunition,
but the blast caused no other casualties.
Following a wave of attacks in the city,
including on schools and colleges, students
at CABS must pass through security
screening before entering the campus.
The gunman fired on a crowd waiting at the
gate to be screened, witnesses said.
“We had just started a class when we heard
gunshots coming from the direction of the
gates and we instantly realised we were
under attack which made us to rush out of
the class,” student Tijjani Musa said.
According to another student, Mustapha
Umar, the gunman managed to pass
through the gates amid the chaos that
broke out after he began shooting.
“He kept firing sporadic shots,” but was
chased by a group of students who were
frantically trying to subdue him, said Umar.
“When he ran out of ammunition he
detonated the explosives under his robe,
killing himself but no one from the crowd,”
Umar told AFP.
However, residents say three students were