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At least 20 killed in bomb blast at Nigerian school

Most of those killed in the attack in Potsikum were students.

A screengrab taken on 9 November, 2014 from a new Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau preaching to locals in an unidentified town. Picture: AFP.

DAMATURU Nigeria - At least 20 people, most of them students, were killed in a bomb blast at a secondary school in Nigeria's northeastern town of Potiskum on Monday as they gathered for assembly before classes, a teacher said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Yobe State, a territory that has been hit by an insurgency by Islamist Boko Haram rebels. At least 29 people were killed in another bombing in the town on 3 November.

"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 at the school told Reuters, asking to remain anonymous.