Gunmen kill at least 40 in attack on Nigerian college
DAMATURU, Nigeria (REUTERS) - Gunmen killed at least 40 people on Sunday in an attack on a college in northeast Nigeria, a Reuters witness said, in a region where Islamist militants have targeted schools and universities.
Islamist sect Boko Haram has intensified attacks on civilian targets in recent weeks in reaction to a military offensive against its insurgency. Boko Haram and spin-off Islamist groups like the al Qaeda-linked Ansaru have become the biggest security threat in Africa's second largest economy and top oil exporter.
Gunmen stormed the College of Agriculture in Yobe state and shot students as they slept in the early hours of Sunday, state police commissioner Sanusi Rufai said.
A Reuters witness counted 40 bodies at the main hospital in Yobe state capital Damaturu, mostly of young men believed to be students. The bodies were brought from the college, which is in Gujba, a rural area about 30 miles (50km) south of Damaturu.