Not less than 30 people, mostly students were killed in the early hours of Saturday as suspected members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect launched gun attacks on a school and torched some of the buildings, burning students alive.
The hostels of Government Secondary School in Mamudo village, a few kilometers from Potiskum, Yobe State came under attack in the early hours of Saturday as gunmen who also carried jerry cans of petrol invaded the school. At least 29 students were killed while Mohammed Musa, an English Language teacher was shot in the chest by the gunmen. Some of the students were shot while others were burnt in the torched hostel block. Some of the survivors defied the booming gunfire as they made their escape into nearby bushes.
Most of the students were still asleep when the gunmen arrived. A survivor who claimed to have been roused from sleep by an armed man had four of his fingers blown off as his raised his hands in surrender.
Bodies of the students have been taken to the Potiskum General Hospital mortuary while some of those who escaped with injuries are being treated in the wards.