Nigerian college students attacked in their dormitories
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 23:09
Fifty students were killed while they slept in their dormitories at a college in northeastern Nigeria early Sunday. Dozens of gunmen entered the College of Agriculture in Yobe State around 1 a.m., and after shooting at unsuspecting students, they set fire to classrooms throughout the school.
In response to the sound of gunfire, many students were able to escape the attack by hiding in the surrounding bushes. Students and professors at the university were quoted as saying that the college had little in terms of security.
Boko Haram, a group of Islamic militants, is believed to have caused the attack. Northeastern Nigeria has been in a state of emergency since May 14 as a result of Boko Haram’s constant attacks.
Boko Haram’s name translates to “Western education is forbidden,” and as such, schools have been a previous target of the group’s attacks. Boko Haram is currently fighting to overthrow the Nigerian government in order to create an Islamic state.
For four months, the Nigerian military has been employing counterinsurgency efforts against the group. While the government has been able to quell urban attacks, Boko Haram violence continues in rural areas. The attack at the College of Agriculture is the second-largest Boko Haram civilian massacre.