At least 47 students have been killed by a suicide bomber during a school assembly at Government Comprehensive Senior Science Secondary School, a boys’ science and technical school in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Potiskum.
Police say terrorist group Boko Haram is believed to be responsible for the attack, which was reportedly carried out by a suicide bomber disguised in a school uniform. Well, it’s nice to see they’ve taken a short break from kidnapping schoolgirls and selling them as child brides, but this isn’t much better.
The explosion ripped through the assembly hall at the Government Science Secondary School.
“The students had gathered for the morning assembly when something exploded in their midst with a thunderous sound at exactly 7:50 a.m.,” a teacher at the school told the BBC.
Witnesses report seeing mutilated bodies of students at the scene. A local resident described “a mass of abandoned footwear and blood,” AFP reported. Parents were seen wailing at the sight of their children’s bodies at the hospital.
Boko Haram, who is clearly trying to outdo ISIS in terms of evilness, has been known to target schools during their deadly five-year insurgency aimed at establishing an Islamic state. The terrorist group is against any form of Western education, believing girls should not attend school at all and boys should only receive an Islamic education. Makes sense. The more education these children receive, the less likely they’ll agree that murdering a bunch of kids in the name of religion who are too young to even fully understand religion is a reasonable and well-thought out plan.