In a pre-dawn attack, suspected members of the Boko Haram militant group have killed at least 29 students and one teacher in a school located in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group waging a campaign of terror to carve out a separate Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has also targeted Christians living in Nigeria for some of its worst violence. Since 2009, Boko Haram is thought to be responsible for the murder of over 3,000 people. When will the violence in northern Nigeria be brought to an end?
7/6/2013 Nigeria (BBC) – At least 29 pupils and a teacher have been killed in a pre-dawn attack by suspected Islamists on a school in northeastern Nigeria, reports say.
Eyewitnesses said some of the victims were burned alive in the attack, in Mamudo town, Yobe state.
Dozens of schools have been burned in attacks by Islamists since 2010.
Yobe is one of three states where President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in May, sending thousands of troops to the area.
A reporter from the Associated Press found chaotic scenes at the hospital in nearby Potiskum, where traumatised parents struggled to identify their children among the charred bodies and gunshot victims.
Survivors said suspected militants arrived with containers full of fuel and set fire to the school.
Some pupils were burned alive, others were shot as they tried to flee.