A suicide bomb attack killed 47 students and injured 79 others on Monday as they gathered for morning assembly at their school in northeast Nigeria, a massacre likely carried out by Boko Haram, police told AFP.
“There was an explosion detonated by a suicide bomber,” national police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said, referring to the attack at the Government Comprehensive Senior Science Secondary School in Potiskum in Yobe state.
“We have 47 dead and 79 injured,” he added, saying that the Islamist extremists were believed to be responsible.
A medic at the Potiskum General Hospital where the victims were taken said scores of students had been admitted.
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"We are still receiving casualties from the school which is a stone's throw from here," the medic said.
"Our priority now is to save the injured, so we have not started a headcount of the victims."
A local resident, Adamu Alkassim, said there was confusion in and around the school but the scene was a mass of abandoned footwear and blood.