Horror explosion at primary school leave charred bodies strewn across road

It is feared that dozens of school kids have been killed following a massive blast in Nigeria this morning (Tuesday, May 17).

The explosion happened at about 9am at a Christian primary school in Sabon Gari, in the northern city of Kano, as hundreds of youngsters headed in to class for the day.

Multiple people were killed in the blast at the Winner’s Academy while numerous others were hurt, reports The Sun.

The initial fear was that the explosion was caused by a bomb, with terrified Nigerians – and children in particular – having been targeted regularly by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in recent years.

Bomb-squad officers were among those who rushed to the scene amid fears of a secondary device.

But later reports suggested the disaster was caused by an exploding gas cylinder in a nearby welding shop.

Children in red and white uniforms were seen running for their lives, and mobile phone footage showed charred bodies lying in the street with some kids forced to step over them as they escaped.

Collins Ezeanah, who witnessed the shocking scenes, told The Sun: “It happened in Winner's primary school on Aba Road. Students died. Students… four-five years old. A student of the school lives in my compound, Chimobi came back filled with sand and tears.

“The little man crawled his way out of the collapsed building. He was looking for his classmates nowhere to be found.”

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He added: “The videos I saw are so graphic. Little kids died. May their soul rest in perfect peace. Amen!”

It’s thought the roof of the school collapsed, meaning some children had to crawl out of the rubble themselves.

Police initially confirmed that four people had died but there are fears that the final death toll will be much higher.

Kano is the second largest city in Nigeria, behind only Lagos, and it’s the most populous city in the north of the country, with more than four million residents.

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