Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills 50 Students Asleep in Dorms
Nigeria says gunmen stormed college dorm early today
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 29, 2013 5:31 AM CDT
Jonathan Goodluck, president of Nigeria, arrives at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/David Karp)

(Newser) – Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms in an ongoing Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria, the school's provost said. Molima Idi Mato, provost of the Yobe State College of Agriculture told the AP that as many as 50 students may have been killed in the attack that began at about 1am today in rural Gujba. He said he could not give an exact toll as security forces are still recovering bodies.

The other 1,000 students enrolled have fled the college that is about 25 miles north of the scene of similar school attacks around Damaturu town, he said. There were no security forces stationed at the college despite government assurances, said Mato. The state commissioner for education, Mohammmed Lamin, called a news conference two weeks ago urging all schools to reopen and promising protection from soldiers and police. Most schools in the area closed after militants on July 6 killed 29 pupils and a teacher, burning some alive in their hostels outside Damaturu. Northeastern Nigeria is in a military state of emergency, as Boko Haram militants have killed more than 1,700 since 2010.

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BOYCOTTSC
Sep 30, 2013 6:41 PM CDT
Wow! Who knew the NRA had members in Nigeria?
NoFun
Sep 30, 2013 4:37 AM CDT
The answer is to do what white Europeans did to stop the endless Christian holocausts of the Reformation wars. Strip it of all legal, political and military power and ensure your govt stays secular.
DrMcBabe
Sep 30, 2013 3:04 AM CDT
@newser-e8e78fd65b8d65de95d727f1549685d1:disqus if these are typical Muslims that means typical Muslims savagely slaughter people in their sleep? I will give you that. The Baptists boycotted gays in the military? (not the pastor in Florida who burned the book - although he was a zealot burning the book that tells them to slaughter people in their sleep). Westboro baptist did not kill anyone they stood with signs that says it is not proper, according to the bible, to live in homosexuality. That is a lot different from murdering innocent people in their sleep? Not a strong connection? And WHAT IS YOUR POINT EXACTLY regarding the Catholic church burning people (I presume you mean witches?) at the stake or killing them by the thousands. That was HOW MANY hundreds of years ago? And if you knew anything about church history you would know that Martin Luther was ticked off about a lot; perhaps this was among that which he protested?