Potiskum schools closed after Boko bomb attack

2014-11-11 18:48
Students being treated at the General hospital in Potiskum, Nigeria following a suicide bomb attack at Government Science Technical College. (Adamu Adamu, AP)

Students being treated at the General hospital in Potiskum, Nigeria following a suicide bomb attack at Government Science Technical College. (Adamu Adamu, AP)

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Lagos - Nigeria's northern Yobe state announced on Tuesday it had closed all schools in the town of Potiskum after a suicide bomber killed dozens of students there.

Schools will remain closed until security improves, Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam said.

He accused the government of not protecting citizens despite declaring a state of emergency in Yobe and two other northern states battling the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

Chair of a northern state governors' forum, Babangida Aliuy, called on the government to declare "a total war" against Boko Haram.

President Goodluck Jonathan vowed to bring those responsible to justice.

A suicide bomber dressed as a student entered a boys' secondary school in Potiskum on Monday. Estimates of the number of fatalities varied from 35 to 49.

The attack came six days after a similar one on a Shi'ite Islamic school in Potiskum, in which about 30 people died.

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