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Access to bombed Nigerian school blocked

Angry parents and local residents have blocked access to the Nigerian school which was bombed this morning, it has been reported.

According to Reuters a police source said the crowds are deliberately preventing security forces from getting close to the explosion site as they do not want a repeat of an incident last week in which members of the security forces fired at residents following another bombing.

Overcrowded hospital had to make patients share beds after school bombing

The hospital where injured students and teachers were taken following a suicide bomb attack on a school in Nigeria was so overcrowded they had to make patients share beds, it has been revealed.

According to reports 79 students were admitted with injuries this morning after a bomb went off during a school assembly at the Government Technical Science College in the town of Potiskumbut, and some patients had to double up in hospital beds to be treated.

Of the 79 injured students that were admitted it has been reported that some were so seriously injured they may require amputations.


Nurse counted students dead bodies after Nigerian school bombing

A nurse who treated patients at Potiskum General Hospital following this morning's Nigerian school bombing has confirmed that the majority of the 48 who died were students.

Asking to remain anonymous the nurse told Reuters: "So far, the number of the dead is 48, while 79 are injured. I counted the bodies, mostly students and a few teachers."

She said she had also been told by a teacher, who survived the blast, that the bomber who targeted the school had "dressed like a student" and was on the assembly ground with students.

As yet no one has claimed responsibility for the attack on Potiskum's Government Science Secondary School.

Nigerian school suicide bomber was 'dressed as a student'

The suicide bomber who set off a fatal blast during a school assembly in Potiskum, Nigeria this morning was disguised in school uniform, according to the Associated Press.

The blast, which has reportedly killed at least 35 people, went off during morning assembly at the town's Government Technical Science College.

Associated Press reports that survivors said the bomber "appeared to have hidden the explosives in the type of rucksack popular with students".

'Death toll will rise' says teacher at Nigerian bomb blast

A teacher who witnessed the aftermath of the bomb blast during morning assembly at a school in Potiskum, Nigeria, today said they are certain the death toll from the explosion will rise.

"As it stands now, we have taken about 20 dead bodies to the hospital. There are some that are critically injured and I am sure the death toll will rise," the teacher told Reuters.


Boko Haram girls 'married off and will not be returned'

A man claiming to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said that more than 200 girls kidnapped by the group six months ago from northeast Nigeria had been "married off" to its fighters, contradicting government claims they would soon be freed, Agence France-Presse reports.

The militants usually give a copy of their videos to the French news agency a day before they get posted online. The latest one is likely to raise doubts about whether talks between a rebel faction and the government in neighbouring Chad will secure the girls' release.

'Nightmare scenario' avoided as Nigeria is declared Ebola-free

Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after a 42-day period with no new cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

The announcement eases fears that the disease could have spread to one of Africa's most densely-populated areas.

Commuters and traders crowd at a market in Nigeria's largest city Lagos Credit: REUTERS/George Esiri

WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan said on Sunday that the appearance of the virus in Lagos would have been "the worst nightmare scenario anyone could imagine".

She said the nation's innovative polio campaign, which uses satellite technologies to track population, had been re-purposed to aid the fight against Ebola.

Last week, the WHO announced that Senegal was Ebola-free, but the pace of the outbreak continues to quicken in the three worst-hit countries.

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