35 people were killed when a bomb exploded at the assembly ground of Government Science Secondary School, GSS, Potiskum, Yobe State, Nigeria according to reports.
Nobody or group have claimed responsibility for the attack, but Mariam Ibrahim, a teacher at the school said the bomb went off as she was arriving and students were having their usual morning briefing.
A Potiskum resident, Aliyu Abubakar said he heard the explosion when he was dropping off his two sons at a nearby Islamic college. “One of my sons fell down, I came out dragged him in and we drove off back home,” he said.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sinful” in the local Hausa language, has targeted schools, abducted students and killed thousands in its campaign to carve out an Islamist State.
Potiskum General Hospital’s accident and emergency ward had received 35 bodies, an official said. “There are some (others) that are critically injured and I am sure the death toll will rise,” another teacher said, asking to remain anonymous.