World Bulletin/News Desk
Nigeria's northeastern Gombe State on Wednesday ordered all schools closed as Boko Haram militants intensified their attacks across the state.
"Government has directed all schools to shut down for the time being for security reasons," Sani Jauro, a senior government official, confirmed to Anadolu Agency by phone.
"The decision was taken in the best interest of the state, particularly the school children," he said.
The development came one day after reports that insurgents had taken over a cement factory in Gombe's Ashaka town.
AA couldn't independently verify the report, which has heightened tension in the hitherto peaceful state.
Last Friday, police confirmed that seven people were killed and 37 others injured by a bomb at a Gombe bus station.
Gombe – a northeastern state like Adamawa, Yobe and Borno, which have been at the center of the Boko Haram insurgency – is reported to have Boko Haram sleeper cells, although the state remains largely peaceful.
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states have all been under emergency rule since May of last year.
Tens of thousands have died since Boko Haram launched its violent campaign in 2009 following the extrajudicial murder of leader Mohammed Yusuf while in police custody.
The group has also been blamed for the destruction of public infrastructure, private businesses and the displacement of at least six million Nigerians.
Boko Haram is already designated a terrorist organization by Nigeria, Turkey and the United States.
Last Mod: 05 Kasım 2014, 16:15