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September 29, 2013

'Religion of Peace' Update: Islamist Group Boko Haram Slaughter Nigerian College Students in Their Sleep

Topics: International News, Islam, Terrorism

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The Islamic militant group, Boko Haram, attacked the Yobe State College of Agriculture in Potiskum, Nigeria, and did so in the middle of the night as they slept. The Islamists stormed the college around 1 am and slaughtered as many as 50 students in their dormitories -- then torched the school.

International Business Times reported:

[...] Northeastern Nigeria is under a state of emergency amid an Islamist insurgency by the Boko Haram group, which is fighting to overthrow Nigeria's government to create an Islamic state, and has launched a number of attacks on schools.

The assault began around 1 a.m. local time on Sunday. "They attacked our students while they were sleeping, they opened fire at them," Molima Idi Mato, provost of the Yobe State College of Agriculture in Gujba, told the Associated Press. He said he could not give an exact death toll as security forces still are recovering bodies of students, mostly between 18 and 22 years of age.

A surviving student, Ibrahim Mohammed, told the AP that the extremists rode into the college in two double-cabin pickup all-terrain vehicles and on motorcycles, some dressed in Nigerian military camouflage uniforms. The student added that the gunmen appeared to know the layout of the college, attacking the four male hostels but avoiding the one hostel reserved for women. "We ran into the bush; nobody is left in the school now," Mohammed said.

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