Borno State, Nigeria
In a heartbreaking incident in north-east Nigeria, at least six people, including some school children, lost their lives when an explosive device. They had mistaken it for scrap metal before it detonated. The blast occurred in a building at an Islamic school in Borno state on Saturday.
Local authorities and police confirmed the tragic incident, shedding light on the dangerous practice of collecting and selling scrap metal by pupils to local communities. It is reported that despite a ban on such practices, scavenging for scrap remains prevalent in the area, which has been grappling with the persistent threat of Islamist violence.
The victims, who mistakenly believed the explosive device to be harmless scrap metal, fell victim to the tragic incident. The explosion highlights the perilous circumstances faced by communities in northeast Nigeria, where the danger of unexploded devices poses a significant risk to residents.
Authorities are working to address the aftermath of the explosion, and investigations into the source and nature of the explosive device are underway. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by communities in the region, emphasizing the need for increased awareness and preventive measures to ensure the safety of residents, particularly vulnerable school children.