The tragedy, which is one in a series in Nigeria, angered people in the region. When soldiers rushed to the scene, they were chased away by a crowd throwing stones and shouting that they are angry at the military’s inability to halt a 5-year-old Islamic insurgency. In the same city, another suicide bomb attack killed 30 people one week ago. Boko Haram is suspected to be linked of those assassinates. Some survivors eyewitnesses who have seen the attacker declared he had hidden the explosives in a type of rucksack popular with students. Three months ago a bomb was discovered in the school and removed by an anti-bomb squad.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has denied negotiating a truce, as the Nigerian government previously announced on October 17.