Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in Nigeria overnight Sunday, killing as many as 50 students while they slept in their dormitories.
Boko Haram, a group whose name means “Western education is sinful,” attacked Yobe State College of Agriculture in rural Gujba at 1 a.m. this morning, according to the Associated Press.
The Nigerian military found 42 bodies and hospitalist 18 injured students, an anonymous military intelligence official told the AP.
About 1,000 students fled the school during the attack.
"They attacked our students while they were sleeping in their hostels, they opened fire at them," school Provost Molima Idi Mato told the AP.
The school is 25 miles north Damaturu town, where Boko Haram attacked another school on July 6, killer 29 students and one professor. Most schools in the area closed after the attack.
Two weeks ago, the state commissioner for education held a conference asking all the school to reopen and promising to protect students and staff by installing soldiers and police.
Mato said there are no security forces stationed at the school.
While the Nigerian government claims it is cracking down and beating back Islamic terrorism in the northeast, the school attack contradicts that claim. Thirty others have been killed by Islamic extremists in the last week.
Boko Haram has killed more than 1,700 people since 2010. Their endgame is to make northeastern Nigeria into an Islamic state.
The country is currently preparing to celebrate a 52-year anniversary since it won independence from Britain on Tuesday.