48 students killed after suicide blast rips through school in northeast Nigeria

48 students killed after suicide blast rips through school in northeast Nigeria

POTISKUM, Nigeria: At least 48 students were killed while nearly 80 others sustained injuries when a suicide blast ripped through a school in northeast Nigeria on Monday morning.

The reports said that a suicide bomber disguised in a school uniform blew himself up at a boys’ science and technical school in Potiskum town of Nigeria’s northeastern Yobe state.

The blast took place when about 2,000 students had gathered for Monday morning’s weekly assembly at the school.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast in Yobe state; however, the militant Islamist movement Boko Haram is believed to have caused the blast.

The militant group is based in northeast Nigeria and was designated by the United States as a terrorist organisation in November last year.

Boko Haram has killed thousands and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes during its five-year campaign to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria.

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