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Boko Haram Kill 40 students as they sleep in Hostel

bokoSuspected Islamist militants stormed a college in northeastern Nigeria and shot dead around 40 male students, some of them while they slept early on Sunday, witnesses said.

The gunmen, thought to be members of rebel sect Boko Haram, attacked one hostel, took some students outside before killing them and shot others trying to flee, people at the scene told Reuters.

“They started gathering students into groups outside, then they opened fire and killed one group and then moved onto the next group and killed them. It was so terrible,” said one surviving student Idris, who would only give his first name.

“They came with guns around 1 a.m. (2400 GMT) and went directly to the male hostel and opened fire on them … The college is in the bush so the other students were running around helplessly as guns went off and some of them were shot down,” said Ahmed Gujunba, a taxi driver who lives by the college.

Boko Haram, which wants to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has intensified attacks on civilians in recent weeks in revenge for a military offensive against its insurgency.

Several schools, seen as the focus of Western-style education and culture, have been targeted.

Boko Haram and spin-off Islamist groups like the al Qaeda-linked Ansaru have become the biggest security threat in Africa’s second largest economy and top oil exporter.

Western governments are increasingly worried about the threat posed by Islamist groups across Africa, from Mali and Algeria in the Sahara, to Kenya in the east, where Somalia’s al-Shabaab fighters killed at least 67 people in an attack on a Nairobi shopping mall a week ago.

Bodies were recovered from dormitories, classrooms and outside in the undergrowth on Sunday, a member of staff at the college told Reuters, asking not to be named.

A Reuters witness counted 40 bloody corpses piled on the floor at the main hospital in Yobe state capital Damaturu on Sunday, mostly of young men believed to be students.

The bodies were brought from the college, which is in Gujba, a rural area 30 miles (50km) south of Damaturu and around 130 miles from Nigerian borders with Cameroon and Niger.

State police commissioner Sanusi Rufai said he suspected Boko Haram was behind the attack but gave no details.



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2 Comments for “Boko Haram Kill 40 students as they sleep in Hostel”

  1. Its a shame that we still continue to read about this dreadful Boko Haram when they destroying the elite of tomorrow .
    Mr president do something about this people. the people around them know them let the IG resigned because he is not competent to keep the nation safe.
    Let the police chief in these states resigned for they can’t do the job they were hired to do.
    Let the Military go in and clean them up.
    the blood of those killed is crying to high heaven.
    Keep our people safe Lord

    • We need to call the problem what it is. People become radicalized by listening to teachings of hate and the promise of 72 virgins, something that is impossible in this world. Secondly when the only quarantee of making it in the world to come is by killing innocent person, that king of stupid teaching needs to be challenged by all. Unfortunately the use guns made and manufactured in the west to try stop western education. It is time to update the Quran: remove the hate sw and fallacies and the idea that Islam must dominate the world, it’s an unhealthy world view to think of taking over the world by force.

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