Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 11th 2014 Contents At least 46 students have been
killed by a suicide bomber at a
school assembly in the north-
eastern Nigerian town of
Potiskum, police have said.
A suicide bomber dressed as a
student is believed to have caused
the blast at the boys school in
Police suggested the militant
group Boko Haram carried out the
Yobe state s governor has shut
all public schools around Potiskum
and criticised the Government for
not tackling the group.
In a statement governor Ibrahim
Gaidam said: "Urgent action must
be taken right now to restore a
fast-waning public confidence by
doing whatever it takes to stop the
Boko Haram has targeted schools
during a deadly five-year insur-
gency aimed at establishing an
It is waging a sustained cam-
paign to prevent children from
going to school. It believes girls
should not attend school and boys
should only receive an Islamic edu-
The explosion ripped through
the assembly hall at the Govern-
ment Science Secondary School,
Police spokesman Emmanuel
Ojukwu told the BBC Hausa serv-
ice the attack had left 47 people
dead, including the suicide bomber.
Another 79 were wounded.
By setting off the bomb during
the morning assembly, the mili-
tants clearly aimed to kill as many
students as possible.
Few of the attacks here are ever
claimed by any group but Boko
Haram will once again be suspect-
ed. The jihadists have carried out
particularly brutal attacks on
The insecurity in the north-east
is so rampant, with entire towns
and villages now in the jihadists
hands, it will be extremely hard
for other bombings to be prevent-
ed.Nigerian President Goodluck
Jonathan issued a statement offer-
ing his "heartfelt commiserations"
to those affected in Yobe state.
Children walk to school in St Paul, Minnesota, during the first snowstorm of the season yesterday. Though
the snow will largely stop in Minnesota by this afternoon, said Joe Calderone, senior forecaster at the
National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the state won't be "seeing any warm up any
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ITALY---An appeals court yesterday
cleared experts who had been convicted of
failing to adequately warn residents of the
risk before an earthquake struck central
Italy in 2009, killing more than 300 people.
The court in L'Aquila, the city struck by
the 6.3-magnitude quake, overturned
guilty verdicts, saying no crime had been
committed. The decision was met by cries
of "shame" in the courtroom, packed with
quake survivors. Defence lawyer Franco
Coppi expressed understanding for the
"We're satisfied with the decision,"
Coppi said. But "we are sorry for the fami-
lies of the victims. It's a strange verdict. It
overturned everything," said Wania Della
Vigna, a lawyer representing 11 of about
30 plaintiffs who claim proof they
changed their habits based on the panel's
reassurances. Seismic scientists around
the globe reacted with dismay to the ini-
tial conviction and six-year sentence, argu-
ing it misunderstood the science behind
The head of Italy's geologic institute,
Stefano Gresta, said the decision restored
"credibility to the entire Italian scientific
The defendants, all prominent scientists
or geological or disaster experts who
made up a risk commission advising the
government, were charged with
manslaughter and causing bodily harm for
giving "inexact, incomplete and contradic-
tory information". (AP)
Italian appeals court clears panel in quake trial
blast kills 46
...Boko Haram suspected
FREEPORT---Severe weather was
likely a factor in the small plane
crash that killed nine people, includ-
ing a prominent Christian minister
and his wife, on approach to the
island of Grand Bahama, the foreign
minister said yesterday.
Heavy rain was buffeting the region
when the Lear 36 Executive Jet struck
a shipping container crane in Freeport
as it tried to land, Foreign Minister
Fred Mitchell said.
Mitchell said that a commercial
Bahamasair flight making the same
route, from Nassau to Freeport, had
turned back because it was unable to
land around the same time as the
flight carrying the Rev Myles Munroe
and several members of his Bahamas
The death of Munroe, one of the
most prominent pastors in predom-
inantly Christian Bahamas, stunned
"It is utterly impossible to measure
the magnitude of Dr Munroe s loss
to the Bahamas and to the world,"
Prime Minister Perry Christie said.
"He was indisputably one of the most
globally recognisable religious figures
our nation has ever produced."
Born in 1954 in the islands capital
of Nassau, Munroe founded Bahamas
Faith Ministries International in the
early 1980s after studying at Oral
Roberts University, a Christian liberal
arts school in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The charismatic pastor quickly
became an influential religious leader
among many evangelical Christians,
giving sermons around the world and
occasionally appearing on televangelist
Benny Hinn s popular programmes.
As news of the plane crash spread,
members of his church were shown
weeping on a Bahamas TV station or
raising their hands in prayer. Fellow
Christian pastors expressed shock.
Munroe, 60, and his entourage were
travelling to Grand Bahama to attend
the 2014 Global Leadership Forum
that he organised.
His wife, Ruth, was also on the
plane, along with the pastor consid-
ered second-in-command at Bahamas
Faith Ministries, Richard Pinder, as
well as the group s youth minister
and his wife and child.
Munroe, who grew up poor in the
Bahamas, was considered an inspi-
ration for many people in the island
chain and abroad, the foreign minister
said. "He has really put his name on
the world stage and helped the
Bahamas achieve recognition for tal-
ent," the foreign minister said. (AP)
Faith Ministries International leader Dr Myles Munroe and wife Ruth.
...as Pastor Myles Monroe
killed in plane crash
A suicide bomber dressed
as a student is believed to
have caused the blast at the
boys' school in Yobe state.
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