On this day, a female suicide bomber blew herself killing one and injuring seven. The explosion at the Federal College of Education, Kontagora, 190 kilometers from Niger State capital, Minna, occurred at about 12:30pm as students were writing their end of semester examinations.
“She tried to enter the class but before she could reach the door, the bomb, concealed in her dress, exploded,” said a student, Abashe Ado. “A female student close to the suicide bomber was killed and seven others were seriously injured.” The bomber, who was also killed, “was dismembered from the explosion,” Ado said. Andrew Randa, a teacher at the school, said there was blood everywhere. According to him, he saw four bodies laying down, three of them looked lifeless; another seemed to have been decapitated. Another student, Samson Kazah, said he saw at least one other body and that the explosion wounded one of his friends.
Niger State police spokesman, Ibrahim Gambari, confirmed an explosion in the school but did not give details. “We received reports at the Federal College of Education, Kontagora, but we are still awaiting details from our men on the ground,” Gambari said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, had used female suicide bombers and attacked schools it claimed were spreading corrupting Western ideas.