Suicide College Bombing in Nigeria Newest Boko Haram Assault

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A suicide bomber and suspected member of Boko Haram killed 47 students in Nigeria on Monday throughout a school assembly.

At seven:50am, more than 1,0000 college students in between the ages of 15 and twenty had been assembled at the Government Extensive Senior Science Secondary College for the principal’s day-to-day address when the bomb went off.

“There was an explosion detonated by a suicide bomber. We have 47 dead and 79 injured,” national police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu explained, including that Boko Haram was believed to be accountable.

A morgue attendant explained he counted 50 dead, numerous of them in blood-soaked uniforms.

All public colleges in the Potiskum region had been immediately closed on the order of Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam.

The bomber, wearing a school uniform, shows that the Islamist insurgency is now recruiting young, radical, educated people.  Not only was the bomber a member of Boko Haram, but he was registered as a student at the school.

A 2nd teacher, asking to continue to be anonymous, said, “There are some (other individuals) that are critically injured and I am certain the death toll will rise.”

Security forces could not get shut to the explosion site because angry locals blocked the path to the college and close by hospital, trying to avoid a repeat of final week when a bomb killed virtually 30 folks.  Security forces had fired at the residents.

The explosion took place just a single day right after the newest Boko Haram video was launched.  The video functions the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, rejecting the Nigerian government’s claims of peace talks and ceasefire.

UN Secretary-Basic Ban Ki-Moon is asking Nigerian authorities to carry the attackers to justice.

The UN chief “is outraged by the frequency and brutality of attacks towards educational institutions in the north of the country”, his spokesman said.

This would not be the 1st attack on colleges believed to be educating a Western curriculum by Boko Haram, whose title means “Western schooling is sinful.”  Gunmen killed at least 29 students, shooting them in their beds, at a government-run boarding college found in Buni Yadi, also in Yobe state, last February.

Final year in April, 42 students had been killed in a gun and bomb assault on their dormitories at a government boarding school in Mamudo, close to Potiskum.

Most famously, members of Boko Haram kidnapped 276 women from the town of Chibok in Borno state last April.  Six months later on, the group is still holding 219 of the women.

The group has held the belief that public colleges are a ploy by colonial powers to take away Islam from the lives of Africans considering that the early 2000s.

So far, no group has claimed official duty for the assault.

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