Suspected Islamist militants kill dozens of students in Nigeria

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FILE - A burnt out building is seen after an attack by Boko Haram militants in Bama, Nigeria, Feb. 20, 2014.
Suspected Islamic extremists killed more than 30 students Tuesday in northern Nigeria in an attack the president calls "heinous, brutal and mindless."
The attack occurred in the middle of the night at the Federal Government College Buni Yadi — a state-run, co-educational school in Yobe state.
No one has claimed responsibility but officials blame Boko Haram.
A statement from President Goodluck Jonathan\’s office says the students were guiltless and killed by "deranged terrorists and fanatics who have clearly lost all human morality and descended to bestiality."
Boko Haram is trying to turn northern Nigeria into a conservative Islamic state. It is blamed for thousands of deaths since 2009, including attacks on mosques, churches, villages, and government facilities.
Yobe is one of three states where President Jonathan declared a state of emergency last May and launched operations to destroy Boko Haram camps. Despite the effort, large-scale attacks have continued.
Source: VOA and agencies
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