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At Least 48 People Killed In Bombing of Boys School In Nigeria

November 10, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Various news outlets are reporting that At least 48 people, 20 of them students have reportedly been killed by a bomb at a school assembly in the north-east Nigerian town of Potiskum.

The explosion happened at a boys’ science and technical school in the town.

Militant group Boko Haram is viewed as the likely culprits responsible for the barbaric attack.

The group has targeted schools during its five-year conflict to establish an Islamic state, which has claimed thousandsof lives.

“The students had gathered for the morning assembly when something exploded in their midst with a thunderous sound at exactly 7:50 am [06:50 GMT],” a sobbing teacher told AFP news agency.

Victims were being rushed to a nearby hospital, said the teacher, who asked not to be identified.

A witness told the BBC he saw parents wailing at the sight of their children’s bodies at the hospital.

The school was a mass of abandoned footwear and blood, resident Adamu Alkassim told AFP.

The blast exposes the lack of security in north-eastern Nigeria, says BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross reports.

Boko Haram claims Western education is forbidden and is waging a sustained campaign to prevent children from going to school.

The group also believes girls should not attend school and boys should only receive an Islamic education.

In April, the group sparked global outrage by abducting more than 200 girls from a boarding school in Chibok town in Borno state.

It says the children have converted to Islam and are learning to memorise the Koran and have been married off.

Potiskum in Yobe state has often been targeted by Boko Haram.

Last week, a suicide bombing killed 15 people in the town.

The bomber joined a religious procession of the rival Shia Muslim sect, before blowing himself up.

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