The police on Monday averted a bomb explosion in a secondary school in Gombe state by defusing a car laden with explosives that had been abandoned there, a spokesman said.
Police bomb experts found 12 improvised explosives concealed in a car that was abandoned on the premises of the state-run Pilot secondary school, following a tip-off, Fwaje Attajiri told AFP.
“Our ordinance experts discovered 12 IEDs (improvised explosive devices) in the trunk of the car left in the vicinity of the school after we were alerted,” he said.
“The explosives had the capacity of causing maximum damage and would have caused huge casualty had they detonated in the school with a high student population,” he said.
Attajiri said an investigation had been launched to establish who was behind the foiled attack, refusing to say if Boko Haram Islamists can be blamed.
The Boko Haram terrorists who have continued to carry out their deadly attacks on innocent civilians, abducting women, students from schools have reportedly killed more than 100 students in attacks on three schools in nearby Yobe state in the past year.
As a result of the massacre and fears of possible attacks by the sects, Gombe was forced to close its schools three weeks ahead of vacations in March.
On April 14, the sects abducted over 200 Chibok school girls in Borno state.
It would be recalled last month, a bomb exploded near Military Quarter Guard along Biu Road in Gombe State on Sunday, June 8, killing female suicide bomber and a soldier.