“We recorded an attack on the School there in Ville village near Gwoza, but our operatives were able to effectively repel it.”
Two suspected members of Boko Haram were killed on Thursday during an attack on a secondary school in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, government officials said.
The suspects were nabbed and killed at about 3 p.m. on Thursday, during the attack, officials said.
An officer with the Department State Security, SSS, in Borno State confirmed the incident to journalists but asked that his identity be protected.
“We recorded an attack on the School there in Ville village near Gwoza, but our operatives were able to effectively repel it, and two of the attackers were killed during the incident”, the source said.
The gunmen reportedly arrived behind the perimeter fence of Government Secondary School, GSS, Ville, and packed their car hidden in the bush.
“But some vigilant students in the school spotted them and immediately raised alarm for others to take to their heels, while the soldiers stationed in the school began to engage them in a shoot-out”, said one Mr. Amos, a local government official in Ville.
Mr. Amos added that “the gunmen would have succeeded in ambushing and maiming the soldiers as well as the students because they had already divided themselves around all the four sides of the school, before they were spotted by the students.
“Two of the arrested Boko Haram members were arrested, and the two appeared lanky and fair-skinned; they look more of Chadians than Nigerians.
“The angry mob, who went out of the control of the security operatives, mobbed them and set them ablaze using used vehicle tyres.”
He said the other members of the sect, seeing that they could not face the soldiers, “escaped with their vehicles heading towards the forest around Izge.”
Thursday’s attack on a school occurs about two weeks after suspected members of the Boko Haram attacked another school, kidnapping over 250 girls.
At least 230 of the female students of the Government Secondary School, Izge, are still believed to be held by their captives.