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As many as 50 students are reported to have died, on Sunday 09/29/2013 dawnt,  after armed men stormed a college dormitory in Nigeria’s northeast Yobe State, shooting at them as they slept, according to the Nigerian military. 

Sunday’s attack, believed to be carried out by the armed group Boko Haram, targeted the College of Agriculture in the town of Gujba in Yobe state, Lazarus Eli, the area military spokesman, said. 

“There was an attack at the College of Agriculture in Gujba this morning by Boko Haram terrorists who went into the school and opened fire on students” while they were asleep, Eli said. 

Molima Idi Mato of the College of Agriculture told AP news agency that classrooms were torched in the attack, which occurred at about 1am local time.   

They attacked our students while they were sleeping in their hostels, they opened fire at them,” he said. He said security forces were still are recovering bodies of students mostly aged between 18 and 22..The assailants rode into the college in two double-cabin pickup all-terrain vehicles and on motorcycles, some dressed in Nigerian military camouflage uniforms, Ibrahim Mohammed, a surviving student, told the AP. He said they appeared to know the layout of the college, attacking the four male hostels but avoiding the one hostel reserved for women. 

The college is about 40km from the scene of similar school attacks around Damaturu town (see – Damaturu 11.05.11 ). 


Northeastern Nigeria is under a military state of emergency to battle Boko Haram fighters who have killed more than 1,700 people since 2010 in their quest to install an Islamic state (see – NIGRIA’S NEW FRONT ). 


Half the country’s 160 million citizens are Christian. 


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