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47 people killed in bombing outside Nigerian school; Boko Haram suspected
Dozens killed in bombing outside school
- The blast took place near where students gathered; police say 79 people were wounded
- No one has claimed responsibility for the attack
- Police suspect Boko Haram, which has targeted schools teaching Western ideas
- The group’s five-year insurgency is aimed at establishing an Islamic state
Kano, Nigeria (CNN) — At least 47 people were killed and 79 were wounded Monday by a suicide bombing outside a school in northern Nigeria, police said.
The attacker was disguised as a student when he set off the explosion in a government boarding school in the town of Potiskum, police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said.
“We suspect Boko Haram is behind the attack,” Ojukwu said.
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.