Boko Harem suicide bomber kills 47 school students at Nigeria school
NIGERIA: A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber
disguised in school uniform killed 47 students in northeast Nigeria on Monday,
in one of the worst attacks against schools teaching a so-called Western
The explosion ripped through an all-boys school in
Potiskum just as students gathered for morning assembly before classes began,
causing panic and chaos.
The massacre came just a day after the release of a
new Boko Haram video in which the Islamist group's leader, Abubakar Shekau,
again rejected Nigerian government claims of a ceasefire and peace talks.
Students at the Government Comprehensive Senior Science
Secondary School were waiting to hear the principal's daily address when the
explosion happened at 7:50 am (0650 GMT).
Several witnesses described the blast as
"thunderous" and the bloody aftermath as a scene of abandoned
footwear, charred school books, bags and body parts.
“There was an explosion detonated by a suicide bomber.
We have 47 dead and 79 injured,” national police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu
said, adding that Boko Haram was believed to be responsible.
Ojukwu also confirmed local media reports that the
bomber was disguised as a student at the school, which has more than 1,000
pupils aged 15 to 20. Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam ordered the immediate
closure of all public schools in the Potiskum area and slammed the government
in Abuja for failing to tackle the insurgency.
“Urgent action must be taken right now to restore a
fast-waning public confidence by doing whatever it takes to stop the escalating
violence,” he said in a statement.