Atleast six pupils were reportedly killed on Saturday by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which exploded near theTsangaya Quaranic Centre in Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State.
It was gathered that the incident occurred when a metal scavenger unknowingly collected and stored various metallic items in a building near the Tsangaya school.
It was also gathered that the scavenger collected the IED said to have been abandoned among other scrap metals undetonated and it exploded at about 2 pm, claiming the lives of the children, causing severe bodily harm to others.
It would be recalled that two repentant Boko Haram insurgents were killed by an IED planted by Boko Haram terrorists in the Korede axis of Damboa local government area of the state, penultimate week.
The two former insurgents were among several others supporting troops of Operation Hadin Kai of 25 Brigade in Damboa.
They were on a field operation around three o’clock in the afternoon when they stepped on the explosive device.
Boko Haram and rival Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) still launch sporadic ambushes on convoys from their hideouts and plant landmines along the highway.
The Borno State government has prohibited metal scavenging since July 2023, following reports of many scavengers falling victims to insurgent attacks while venturing into deserted areas to steal items.