Gunmen attack Kano teacher training college, 15 people dead

15 people have been confirmed killed in an attack on a teacher training college in the Nigerian city of Kano.

According to the Nigerian Commissioner of Police Aderinle Shinaba, the gunmen exchanged fire with police outside the college, before storming inside the Federal College of Education.

“After the exchange of gunfire, they reached the college lecture theatre and detonated two explosives. There was another insurgent who was carrying an AK-47 rifle and explosives.” He added.

34 people were also injured, mainly students and lecturers.

One lecturer Sanusi Umar told Reuters, “We heard several shots from the gate area and after a few minutes we heard an explosion at the [lecture] theatre.”

It is unclear who was behind the attack, but suspicion will fall on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, as they have been becoming a lot more aggressive in their attacks.

In July the city of Kano had been a target for five attacks in just four days, one of which had targeted a college and killed six people. In May last year, President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a state of emergency in the northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, vowing to put down the insurgency.

Mr Jonathan did condemn what was to him, a “dastardly” attack.

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