An object believed to be an improvised explosive device on Thursday exploded at Glory Land High School, Azugwu, in Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The device which exploded during break hour, according to sources within the school, 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 caused serious confusion and panic within the school and its vicinity.
It was gathered that Chibuike was rushed to the emergency unit of the Alex–Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki while otherswith minor injuries were being treated around the area.
According to reports, the school at about 2:30 pm, the entrance gate was under lock and key.
Some of the students confirmed the incident, adding that the main victim, Chibuike, was playing with the device when it exploded.
“I was in the school when it exploded. I cant tell what it was. But I saw Chibuike playing with the thing before it exploded. Is like he came to school with the it. The thing choped off his left hand. He has been taken to the Hospital,” a student said.
Police spokesman, Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident , but said she was yet to get 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.