Dozens of students killed in Nigerian school

A Nigerian policeman stands guard by burned out cars and houses, following an attack by suspected Islamic extremists in Kawuri, Maiduguri, Nigeria, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)
A Nigerian policeman stands guard by burned out cars and houses, following an attack by suspected Islamic extremists in Kawuri, Maiduguri, Nigeria, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) – Suspected Islamic militants killed dozens of students in a predawn attack on a northeast Nigerian college, survivors say, setting ablaze a locked hostel and shooting and slitting the throats of those who escaped through windows. Some were burned alive.

Adamu Garba said he and other teachers estimate 40 students died in the assault that began around 2 a.m. Tuesday at the Federal Government College Buni Yadi.

Military spokesman Capt. Eli Lazarus said soldiers still are gathering corpses so he could not give an exact toll.

It is the latest in a string of attacks blamed on Boko Haram – the name means Western education is forbidden – that has caused regional officials to charge the military is losing its war to halt an Islamic uprising in Africa’s biggest oil producer.

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