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Nigerian Islamists kill 29 pupils in boarding school attack

Published on Feb 25, 2014 7:29 PM

DAMATURU, Nigeria (REUTERS) - Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school in north-east Nigeria overnight and killed 29 pupils, many of whom died in flames as the school was burned to the ground, police and the military said on Tuesday.

"Some of the students bodies were burned to ashes," Police Commissioner Sanusi Rufai said of the attack on the Federal Government college of Buni Yadi, a secondary school in Yobe state, near the state's capital city of Damaturu.

All those killed were boys. No girls were touched, Mr Rufai said.

The Islamists, whose struggle for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed thousands and made them the biggest threat to security in Africa's top oil producer, increasingly are preying on the civilian population.

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