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Parents swarm Yobe schools after blast

10 November 2014, 15:21

Potiskum - Potiskum, the commercial town of Yobe State, Northeastern Nigeria has been thrown into pandemonium as parents swarm schools to fetch their children following a deadly bomb blast.

It was gathered  many students were killed and scores injured injured in the blast which occurred during the early morning assembly of students at the Government Senior Science School.

It was reported the suicide bomber, a student was on the assembly ground with other students before he got the bomb detonated.

Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, it is believed the terrorist group, Boko Haram, which last week was alleged to have been behind the suicide bomb attack on a Shiite movement religious procession reported to have killed over 30 persons, is responsible.

A resident of the town, Ibrahim Ahmed,  who called our correspondent on phone, said Potiskum had been in pandemonium since 7:45am local time following the bomb blast.

"We heard a large bang and since then the area was condoned off but ambulances have been going into the school to pick corpses and take the injured to the hospital."

Also read: Scores of children hurt after Yobe blast

He said, "All schools in the town has been closed now as parents have gone to pick their children, there is wailing everyone especially around the school where the incident happened."

The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Markus Danladi, who confirmed the incident, said he was on his way to the scene.

Thus he could not provide further details.

The Boko Haram, which is against Western education, has previously targeted schools during its terror campaign around the country.

Earlier this year, members of the sect kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls at a government school in Chibok, Borno State.

- CAJ News


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