, Kano Feb 25- Suspected Boko Haram Islamists killed 29 people on Tuesday when they opened fire on secondary school students as they slept in a dormitory, the latest school massacre in Nigeria’s troubled northeast, security forces said.
Gunmen stormed the Federal Government College in the town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state at 2:00 am (0100 GMT), said military spokesman Lazarus Eli.
The name Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” and school attacks have featured prominently in the group’s four-and-half Islamist uprising, which has killed thousands of people.
Eli said the gunmen “opened fire on student hostels” at the college, roughly 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the state capital Damaturu, which includes students aged 11 to 18.
Yobe’s police chief Sanusi Rufai told AFP that 29 people were killed but it was not immediately clear if all of the dead were students.
Rufai said he was en route to Buni Yadi with Yobe’s covernor Ibrahim Geidam to assess the extent of the damage.
Yobe is one of three northeastern states which was placed under emergency rule in May last year when the military launced a massive operation to crush the Boko Haram uprising.
At least 40 students were killed in September at an agriculture training college in Yobe after Boko Haram gunmen stormed a series of dorms in the middle of the night and sprayed gunfire on sleeping students.
More than 1,000 people have been killed in the northeast since the emergency measures were imposed, despite the enhanced military presence.
Boko Haram, declared a terrorist organisation by Nigeria and the United States, has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north.