Militants kill students in college attack

Suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms, the college provost said – this is the latest violence in north-eastern Nigeria's ongoing Islamic uprising, write Adamu Adamu and Michelle Faul for The Associated Press.

The attack, blamed on the Boko Haram extremist group, came despite a four-and-a-half-month-old state of emergency covering three states and one-sixth of the country. Provost Molima Idi Mato of Yobe State College of Agriculture told The Associated Press that there were no security forces protecting the college. Two weeks ago, the state commissioner for education had begged schools and colleges to reopen and promised that they would be guarded by soldiers and police.

Idi Mato said as many as 50 students may have been killed in the assault that began at about 1am last Sunday in rural Gujba.
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