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Nigerian students slaughtered as they slept

THE AFTERMATH: Up to 50 students were shot dead by suspected Islamist gunmen as they slept in their dormitory at the College of Agriculture in Yobe state yesterday (Sep 29)

UP TO 50 students were shot dead by suspected Islamist gunmen as they slept in their dormitory at the College of Agriculture in Yobe state yesterday (Sep 29).

Most of the victims were aged between 18 and 22 and so far 40 bodies have been recovered.

Witnesses reported that some victims were massacred in their beds, while others were dragged out of their dormitories, lined up and shot by gunmen believed to be part of the Islamist extremists Boko Haram. It has been reported that around 1,000 students fled the campus during the attack.

North-eastern Nigeria is under a state of emergency amid an Islamist insurgency by the Boko Haram group, who is yet to confirm it’s members carried out this latest attack.

Yet, it was only two weeks ago that the state’s education commissioner Mohammed Lamin ordered all schools, which had been closed because of terror treats, to reopen and said soldiers and police would protect students.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden", has killed 1,700 people since 2010 in its mission to overthrow Nigeria's government to create an Islamic state.

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