NIGERIA: Boko Haram terror group suspected in suicide bombing outside school which killed at least 48


At least 48 people were killed and 79 wounded in an Islamic suicide bombing outside a school in northern Nigeria. The attacker was disguised as a student when he set off the explosion in a government boarding school in the town of Potiskum. “We suspect Boko Haram is behind the attack,” said police spokesman. 

CNN  The explosion took place at 7:50 a.m. local time outside the principal’s office, where students had gathered for a daily speech. “We were waiting for our teachers to come and address us at the assembly ground when we heard a huge explosion,” student Adamu Ibrahim said.

Although no one‎ has claimed responsibility for the attack, Boko Haram is the prime suspect. The radical Islamic militant group has carried out deadly attacks on schools teaching Western curriculum. Boko Haram means ‘Western Education is Sin.’

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

In February, Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 40 students when they opened fire and threw explosives in student hostels in a government boarding school in the town of Buni Yadi, in Yobe state. And last year, 42 students were killed when Boko Haram gunmen attacked dormitories with guns and explosives in a government boarding school near Potiskum.

The group’s five-year insurgency is aimed at establishing an Islamic state just like their brothers in ISIS‎.