Updated: Potiskum attack: Death toll hits 48 as medics call for blood donation

Death toll from the blast at Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum in Yobe State this morning has risen to 48, witnesses and hospital sources said.  A teacher from the school had earlier told Daily Trust he counted 30 dead bodies. Seventy-nine were injured in the attack which targeted students of the school when they gathered for the morning assembly.

“About 15 students, whose bodies were disfigured but still bleeding at the scene of the explosion died on the way to the General Hospital, Potiskum, ,” Ahmed Yunus, a volunteer from Potiskum, who rushed to the scene of the explosion said. “Some died shortly on arriving at the hospital,” he said.

Kulu Mustapha, a woman that lives not far from the school said she saw some vehicles heading towards Federal Medical Centre in Azare, Bauchi State with some of the victims that sustained severe injuries.“The suicide bomber disguised as a student because he wore the same uniform being used by students of the school. This gave him the ease to get much closer to the assembly ground where he carried out the nefarious act,” she said.

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