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Almost 50 Killed, 80 Injured in Nigerian School Assembly Bombing

Adam Nossiter | NY Times   in 
November 11, 2014

CONAKRY, Guinea — A suicide attacker disguised as a student detonated a bomb at a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Monday morning, killing nearly 50 boys who were between 10 and 20 years old, officials and witnesses said.

The bomber was wearing a school uniform when he appeared at the morning assembly at the Government Senior Science Secondary School in Potiskum, said Mohammed Abubakar, a local journalist who had just returned from the attack scene. When the school prefect asked the bomber why he was not wearing the school’s badge, he knelt and detonated the bomb, Mr. Abubakar said.

Afterward, witnesses said, the school was a chaotic scene of dead and maimed children, and the local hospital was packed with the wounded.

Northern Nigeria has long been crippled by an Islamist insurgency, and the militant group Boko Haram has targeted non-Quranic schools for at least the last three years, killing dozens of students and kidnapping hundreds of others. Monday’s bombing, which also wounded nearly 80 people, was one of the worst such attacks to date.

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