POTISKUM, Nigeria — Islamic extremists believed to be Boko Haram insurgents attacked a boarding school in northeast Nigeria, killing 42 students and teachers.
"We received 42 dead bodies of students and other staff of Government Secondary School (in) Mamudo last night. Some of them had gunshot wounds while many of them had burns and ruptured tissues," Haliru Aliyu of the Potiskum General Hospital told Agence France-Presse.
A local resident confirmed the death toll in the attack, the latest blamed on Boko Haram in Nigeria's volatile northeast.
Survivors said some students were burned alive in the attack before dawn Saturday on Government Secondary School in Mamudo town in Yobe state.
As he wept over the bodies of his two boys, farmer Malam Abdullahi swore he would withdraw three remaining sons from a nearby school, the Associated Press reported.
He complained there was no protection for students despite the deployment of thousands of troops since the government declared a state of emergency mid-May in three northeastern states.
Dozens of schools have been torched and unknown scores of students killed among more than 1,600 victims slain by extremists since 2010.
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