Explosion At Nigeria School Assembly Kills 48

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A suicide bomber has struck at a school in northeast Nigeria, killing

48 students, the AP news agency has reported.

The attacker – disguised in a school uniform – reportedly detonated

explosives as about 2,000 students were gathered for Monday morning's

weekly assembly at the Government Technical Science College in

Potiskum, Yobe state.

The number of dead was put at 48 by survivors and a morgue attendant

speaking to AP.

"We have so far taken 13 bodies to the hospital and over 30 with

various degrees of injuries," a rescue worker was quoted as saying.

"The students had gathered for the morning assembly when something

exploded in their midst with a thunderous sound at exactly 7:50 am

(0650 GMT)," a teacher at the school was reported as saying."

A teacher said: "The explosion has affected many students but I can't

say how many because we are now evacuating the victims to the hospital

which is just 100 metres away."

Victims of the blast were reportedly taken to the Potiskum General

Hospital, where staff said scores of students had already been


"We are still receiving casualties from the school which is a stone's

throw from here," a doctor was reported as saying.

"Our priority now is to save the injured, so we have not started a

headcount of the victims."

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Yobe state

but police told AFP news agency that it was likely carried out by the

Islamist group Boko Haram.

At least 29 people were killed in another bombing in the town on November 3.

The group, which wants to create an Islamic state in northern

Nigerian, has previously carried out deadly attacks on schools

teaching what it regards as Western curriculum since 2009.

In February, gunmen killed at least 40 students after throwing

explosives into the dormitory of a government boarding school in Buni

Yadi, also in Yobe state.

In July last year 42 students were killed when Boko Haram attacked

dormitories in a gun and bomb attack on a government boarding school

in the village of Mamudo, near Potiskum.

Boko Haram's most high-profile attack on a school came in April, when

fighters kidnapped 276 girls from the town of Chibok in Borno state,

also in northeast Nigeria.

More than six months later, 219 of the girls are still being held.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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