Nigeria College Attacked: Up To 50 Killed
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – As many as 50 people have been killed after suspected gunmen fired on students as they slept at a college in northeast Nigeria.
The attackers reportedly stormed a dormitory and set fire to classrooms in the assault which happened about 1am local time on Sunday in the town of Gujba in Yobe state.
Nigeria's military is blaming militants from the Boko Haram insurgent group for the atrocity at the College of Agriculture, Sky News reported.
College provost Molima Idi Mato said security forces were still recovering bodies so he could not give an exact number of dead but said up to 50 had been killed.
He also said about 1,000 students had fled the scene.
A source told the Reuters news agency that 26 bodies had been brought to hospital.
The college is about 25 miles from the scene of similar school attacks around Damaturu town.
There were no security forces stationed at the college despite government assurances, said Mr Mato.
Two weeks ago, state commission for education Mohammmed Lamin urged all schools to reopen and promising protection by soldiers and police.
Most schools in the area closed after militants killed 29 pupils and a teacher, burning some alive in their hostels at Mamudo outside Damaturu on July 6.