Fox News reported that Islamic terrorists dressed as Nigerian military personnel assaulted a college inside the country on Sunday, gunning down several dozens of students as they slept in their dorms.
The attackers drove into the campus of the Yobe State College of Agriculture, in a rural area just south of Damaturu, the state capital, survivors said. A student, Musa Aliyu, 21, said on Sunday that the attackers had entered the college’s dormitories as students slept, and then opened fire randomly in the darkness.
At the end of their attack, 44 students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, lost their lives.
Four students were injured while 18 others were missing after their hostels were torched with Improvised Explosive Devices and petrol-bombs at 1.30 a.m.
The attack was the second large-scale massacre of civilians attributed to Boko Haram in less than two weeks. The Nigerian military has been pressing a scorched-earth counterinsurgency campaign against Boko Haram for four months, and appeared to have halted its attacks in the urban centers of northeastern Nigeria, while hundreds of civilians fled into neighboring Niger to escape the violence.
In rural areas, though, killings by the group — including at least 143 reported deaths in the northeastern town of Benisheik on Sept. 17 — appear to be continuing unabated.
Boko Haram is aiming to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria and has intensified attacks on civilians in revenge for a Nigerian military offensive against the group, Reuters reports.
Idi Mato, an eye witness survivor, said he could not give an exact death toll as security forces still are recovering bodies of students mostly aged between 18 and 22.
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