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Islamists blamed for attack on Nigerian college

By Hassan John and CNN's Nana Karikari-apau, CNN
updated 10:42 AM EST, Wed February 26, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Boko Haram is blamed for an attack at a college
  • 29 students were killed, the military says
  • Several buildings were also torched

Jos, Nigeria (CNN) -- At least 29 students at a college in Nigeria are dead Tuesday after an attack authorities suspect was carried out by Boko Haram Islamists, according to the Nigerian military.

The attackers also torched several buildings, the military said.

"There were burnt bodies of students who cannot be easily identified," State Police Commissioner Sanusi Rafai said.

January: Boko Haram kills 45

The attack happened at a federal college in Buni Yadi, near the the capital of Yobe state. It came three days after President Goodluck Jonathan sent his top military chiefs to the northeastern part of the country to try to put down the violence there.

The attackers escaped from the scene, military spokesman Capt. Eli Lazarus said.

No group, including Boko Haram, immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

READ: Nigeria bloodshed: Who are Boko Haram?

READ: Nigeria's Boko Haram targets Christian town and fishing village in latest attacks

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