A suicide bomber dressed as a student killed at least 48 people at a school assembly in northeastern Nigeria on Monday, said a hospital official. Most of the victims involved in this act were students. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in the town of Potiskum in Yobe State. It however, is a territory that has been hit by Islamist Boko Haram rebels during a five-year insurgency. The militant group Boko Haram is believed to have carried out the attack due to its construction. They have initiated violent attacks to prevent children from going to school. They believe girls should not attend school and boys should only receive an Islamic education.
“So far, the number of the dead is 48, while 79 are injured,” a nurse at Potiskum General Hospital told officials. A teacher who survived the blast with minor injury said the bomber dressed like a student and was also on the assembly ground with the students. Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sinful” in the local Hausa language, has targeted schools, abducted students and killed thousands in its campaign to carve out an Islamist state. The act itself was terrifying, putting harmless students in critical heath conditions and for some even taking their lives away. The act killed at least 48 students known for sure. Hospital records show 79 students were admitted and health workers said they include serious injuries that may require amputations. The hospital was so overcrowded that some patients were squashed two to a bed.
A suicide bomb attack in the same city killed 30 people one week ago, when suspected Boko Haram fighters attacked a religious procession of moderate Muslims. So are these attacks acts of terrorism? They are acts of an extremest group. The survivors that witnessed the act said the bomber appeared to have hidden the explosives in a type of sack/backpack popular with students in the country.
Due to this attack, the government has decided to tighten way down on security and schools will withhold new procedures to further protect the lives of students and keep their schools/environments safe.
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