Monday, November 10, 2014

Breaking: Many Confirmed Dead As Bomb Blast Hit Secondary School In Yobe

An early morning explosion has rocked Comprehensive Secondary School in Potiskum, Yobe state.

The explosive, believed to have been ferried into the school by a suicide bomber, went off just as students gathered for the morning assembly.

The identity of the suicide bomber is unknown but there are suggestions he might be one of the students of the school or an impersonator who mixed with students on the assembly ground.

Many students are feared dead and several others  injured.

The spokesperson of the Yobe State Command of the Nigeria Police, Nansak Chegwam, confirmed the incident, but declined further comments, saying the military is in charge of operations at the scene of the incident.

The attack on the high school came six days after a similar suicide bombing targeted at members of the Shiite group, Islamic Brotherhood of Nigeria, also in Potiskum.

That bombing took place at Faydia Islamic school, ran by the Shiite. It is located near the old market in Potiskum.

The bomber struck when members of the Shiite were gathering to go on a procession to mark the Ashura Day.

Ashura Day is the tenth day of the month of Muharram, the new month of the Islamic calendar.

Shiite Muslims commemorate the day to mourn the death of Hasain Bn Ali, the grand son of Prophet Mohammed who was reportedly killed on that day.

As the faithful were about embarking on the procession, the bomber got into their midst and detonated his bomb, witnesses say.

Potiskum is the largest town outside Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

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