Published On: Mon, Sep 30th, 2013

Boko Haram terrorists murder over 40 students at Nigerian college

Dozens of gunmen attacked an agricultural college in northeastern Nigeria killing more than 40 students, local officials said.

Boko Haram leader video screenshot

Boko Haram leader video screenshot

The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram is reportedly behind the attack, who opened fire on sleeping students in the college’s dorm rooms.

The attack was the second large-scale massacre of civilians attributed to Boko Haram in less than two weeks.

The Nigerian military has been pressing a scorched-earth counterinsurgency campaign against Boko Haram for four months, and appeared to have halted its attacks in the urban centers of northeastern Nigeria, while hundreds of civilians fled into neighboring Niger to escape the violence.

In rural areas killings by the group, including at least 143 reported deaths in the northeastern town earlier this month, continue.

Boko Haram has singled out government institutions, especially schools, for attack. One of its tenets is that Western-style education, not based on the Koran, in conventional schools is sinful and un-Islamic; the group has burned numerous schools in Maiduguri, the largest city in the region, and in early July it attacked a government secondary school in the town of Mamudo, killing 42 people, mostly students.

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