Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect have attacked and killed some students of the Federal Government College Buni-Yadi in Yobe State north-east Nigeria.
Witnesses said the students were attacked in their hostels at night and slain by the hoodlums instead of the usual gun to avoid the attention of security men within town.
The Federal Government College Buni Yadi is a co-educational institution located some 55 kilometres south of Damaturu the Yobe State capital.
The spokesman of the 3 Special Operation Battalion, Damaturu, Capt Eli Lazarus, who confirmed the assault on the innocent students said the casualty figure is yet to be confirmed because of the destruction of telecom masts in Buni- Yadi by the sect.
However, the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is reporting that about 29 students were slain during the attack while an unknown number burnt to ashes.
The service also reports that the perpetrators of the attack burnt down the school.
Buni Yadi is the capital of Gujba Local Government Area of the state.
Today’s attack is the fourth recorded on schools in Yobe since the commencement of the insurgency as GSS Damaturu, GSS Mamudo and College of Agriculture, Gujba were attacked last year.
The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam, while at the school for an on the spot assessment, expressed sadness at the incident.