Lagos : Police in the northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe on Tuesday confirmed that gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents killed at least 29 students at Federal Government College in Buni Yadi.

Sanusi Rufai, the police chief in charge of the restive state, told reporters in Damaturu, the state capital, that the attackers came Monday night and killed 29 students and burnt down 24 staff quarters, including the administrative block of the college.

“Some of the students were burnt to ashes by the insurgents. From the information I got, no female student was killed by the Boko Haram. Only male students were killed,” the police chief added.Military spokesperson for the state Lazarus Eli also confirmed the attack.

Located in the northeastern region of Nigeria, Yobe state is one of the strongholds of Boko Haram, a sect which launched an uprising in the west African country in 2009.

 The name Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” and school attacks have featured prominently in the group’s four-and-half Islamist uprising, which has killed thousands of people.

Yobe is one of three northeastern states which was placed under emergency rule in May last year when the military launced a massive operation to crush the Boko Haram uprising.

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