A primary school in Maiduguri was yesterday set on fire. This comes in the same week in which another non-denominational school was attacked in the Kolumgna suburb of the north-eastern state of Nigeria.
Reporters say it bears the hallmarks of an attack by the Islamist Boko Haram group, which has recently threatened to attack non-Islamic schools.
The education officer for Borno state is reported to have said two classrooms of the Budun Primary School were completely burnt down overnight and other buildings at the government-run school were still alight on Thursday morning.
He told the BBC Hausa Service that gunmen held the school’s security guard hostage as four men entered the premises to start the fires. The gunmen then prevented residents living nearby in the suburb of Budum from putting out the blaze.
Both areas in which the attacks took place are said to be strongholds of Boko Haram.