Seven students, two teachers and two members of the Boko Haram sect were killed on Sunday when gunmen suspected to be insurgents attacked a school in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.
“Two teachers and two insurgents were killed when Boko Haram terrorists attacked a Government Secondary School in Damaturu… Also seven innocent students lost their lives,” Eli Lazarus, military spokesman in Yobe state, said in a statement.
It was not clear how two of the Boko Haram attackers were killed.
The military also confirmed that three soldiers were critically wounded during a separate attack by Boko Haram targeting the military in Damaturu, and three insurgents had been arrested.
Before the weekend attacks, there were reports of the Boko Haram sect regrouping from their hiding across borders to Niger, Chad and Cameroon after a month-long offensive by the military.
Nigerian military forces have since the declaration of a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states by President Jonathan last month destroyed key bases and arrested more than 150 suspected insurgents.
More than 6,000 residents in the Northeastern region have also been forced to flee to neigbouring Niger Republic, according to a U.N. refugee agency.
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