At least 59 students-all boys- at a boarding school in the North East Nigeria were shot or burned to death overnight by gunmen from the Islamist group Boko Haram, Reuters has confirmed with authorities at a Hospital and from the Security Forces.
The attack was reported on the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi, a Secondary School in Yobe State, near the State’s capital city of Damaturu.
Bala Ajiya, an official at the Specialist Hospital Damaturu and a Police Commissioner Sanusi Rufai have disclosed that some of the bodies were burned to ashes while some were discovered in the bush after the students who had escaped with bullet wounds died from their injuries.
It was also revealed that the school’s 24 buildings, including staff quarters, were completely burned to the ground.
The Islamists, whose struggle for an Islamic state in Northern Nigeria has claimed of lives of thousands, the biggest threat to security in Africa’s top oil producer, are increasingly preying on the civilian population.
In February alone, the group is reported to killed more than 300 people mostly civilians.
Condemning the incidents, the country’s President Goodluck Jonathan has called the attack “callous and senseless murder … by deranged terrorists and fanatics who have clearly lost all human morality and descended to bestiality”.
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