An object believed to be an improvised explosive device exploded at Glory Land High School, Azugwu, in Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, southeast Nigeria on Thursday, chopping off the hand of a student in the process.
A report monitored on The Nation Newspaper by Naija News, said the device which exploded during break hour, chopped off the left hand of an SS 2 student simply identified as Chibuike, while another undisclosed number of students sustained various degrees of injury.
The incident which happened at about 11 am yesterday, according to sources within the school, caused serious confusion and panic within the school and its vicinity.
Naija News learned that the victim was rushed to the emergency unit of the Alex–Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki while others with minor injuries were being treated around the area.
A report by The Nation Newspaper quoted some of the students to have confirmed the incident.
The report quoted a student to have said that the main victim, Chibuike, was playing with the device when it exploded.
“I was in school when it exploded. I can’t tell what it was. But I saw Chibuike playing with the thing before it exploded. It is like he came to school with it. The thing chopped off his left hand. He has been taken to the hospital,” a student said.
Loveth Odah, a Police spokesman, confirmed the incident but said she was yet to get an official report from the DPO of Eke-Aba Police Station on the incident.
“The DPO has gone there, but he has not reported to us. So we are still waiting for him” Odah said.