LAGOS, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's police in northeast state of Yobe on Tuesday confirmed that gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents killed about 29 students at federal government college Buni Yadi.
Police chief in charge of the restive state Sanusi Rufai told reporters in Damaturu, the state capital, saying the attackers came last night and killed 29 students and burnt down 24 staff quarters including the administrative block of the college.
"Some of the students were burnt to ashes by the insurgents. From the information I got, no female students was killed by the Boko Haram. Only male students were killed," the police chief added.
Military spokesperson for the state Lazarus Eli also confirmed the attack.
Located in the northeast region of Nigeria, Yobe State is one of the strongholds of Boko Haram, a sect which launched an uprising in the west African country in 2009.