Nigeria: Militants kill 50 students in college attack

The gunmen also torched classrooms in the attack in rural Gujba.

Written by Associated Press | Potiskum | Published:September 29, 2013 4:00 pm

A college provost says suspected Islamic militants gunned down students as they slept and killed as many as 50 on Sunday morning attack in northeast Nigeria.

Molima Idi Mato of the Yobe state College of Agriculture told The Associated Press that the gunmen also torched classrooms in the attack at about 1 a.m. Sunday in rural Gujba. The college is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the scene of similar school attacks around Damaturu town.

He said security forces are still recovering bodies so he could not give an exact death toll. He said about 1,000 students have fled.

Northeast Nigeria is in a military state of emergency against an Islamic uprising prosecuted by Boko Haram militants who have killed hundreds of civilians in their quest for an Islamic state.

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