Vandals attack school

  • Nation
  • Friday, 29 Sep 2006

KUALA TERENGGANU: Vandals, who authorities of a small town school believe to be a band of wayward students, opened fire at the school with dozens of homemade explosives and fireworks over three days. 

Three Form Four girls of SMK Manir were injured in the face when the first attacks came on Tuesday. They were rushed to a nearby clinic for treatment.  

Seven others escaped with minor bruises. 

Several cars and window panels of classrooms were also damaged. 

The onslaught on the 2,000 students and teachers came periodically but yesterday’s bombardment lasted for nearly an hour before it stopped at about 10am. 

“It was like a war,” said some students.  

Headmistress Fatimah Abdullah said the culprits launched their attacks from atop a tree near the school.  

“They load their explosives on catapults and shoot the ‘bombs’ into the school compound,” she told The Star.  

The school authorities believed that some students who had been expelled earlier had combined forces with others under suspension for disciplinary problems to launch the attacks on the school. 

“This is a callous act and all of us are shocked that this could have happened,” said Fatimah. 

“There was tension and loud noises. Everyone ran for cover,” she said. 

Fatimah added that she could not understand why the students had to resort to such hostile acts to vent their resentment at the school. 

The school has lodged a police report and several policemen are now patrolling the compound with some 30 teachers in Ops Mercun, which has been launched to stop and track the perpetrators. 

Fatimah said five checkpoints had been set up within the compound to catch the culprits. 

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