The vicious slaughter happened as students slept in their dormitory rooms in a rural Nigerian town. The gunmen started shooting throughout the male dorm at the College of Agriculture Gujba about 1 a.m. Sunday morning. School attacks are becoming increasingly common in the region, and Boko Haram has a history of attacking schools and churches.
The number of victims in the reported Boko Haram attack has varied by media source, as it seems the local authorities are still recovering bodies. The Guardian reports that 42 bodies have been removed, and 18 injured students were taken to the hospital. The school has about 1,000 students, most of whom have now fled.
Many schools had closed after the July 6 attack that left 29 students dead in Mamudo. The government had urged schools to reopen and promised protection from the militants. There were no security forces in place at the College of Agriculture Gujba, apparently.
The region has experienced multiple militant attacks over the past few weeks, with threats of more to come. Sadly there seems to be no end in sight for relief from Boko Haram and the destruction these militant groups seem intent on spreading.