Saturday 24 March 2018

40 students gunned down in early morning attack in Nigerian college

Suspected Islamic militants gunned down students as they slept and killed 40 in an early-morning attack in north-east Nigeria, a college provost said.

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 1am on Sunday in rural Gujba.

The college is about 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.

North-east 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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