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Graphic photo of the Yobe College Of Agriculture students Boko Haram murdered

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Gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect struck a packed college in the early hours of Sunday killing at least 50 students of College of Agriculture, Gujba.

The school is located about 50 kilometers south of Damaturu, the state capital. As at the time of filling this report, bodies of the victims were being picked for bush and hostels, where the gunmen shot the harmless students.

Suspected Islamic militants have gunned down students as they slept and killed as many as 50 in an early-morning attack in north-eastern Nigeria

Molima Idi Mato, provost of the Yobe state College of Agriculture said the gunmen also torched classrooms in the attack at about 1am on Sunday in rural Gujba.

The college is about 25 miles (40km) from the scene of similar school attacks around Damaturu town. The state capital, Potsikum, is 79 miles (128km) away.

He said security forces are still recovering bodies so he could not give an exact death toll. He said about 1,000 students have fled.

North-eastern Nigeria is in a military state of emergency against an uprising by Boko Haram militants who have killed hundreds of civilians in their quest for an Islamic state.

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