Yobe massacre: Death toll jumps to 59

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The death toll in the latest Boko Haram attack against sleeping secondary school students of Federal Government College, Buni Yadi in Yobe state, has increased to 59, from the 43 earlier given by officials.

The revised toll even came with the chilling story that the students were burnt to death.

“Some of the students’ bodies were burned to ashes,” Police Commissioner Sanusi Rufai said of the attack.

Bala Ajiya, an official at the Specialist Hospital Damaturu, told Reuters by phone the death toll had risen to 59.

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“Fresh bodies have been brought in. More bodies were discovered in the bush after the students who had escaped with bullet wounds died from their injuries,” he said.

Rufai said all those killed were boys. He said the school’s 24 buildings, including staff quarters, were completely burned to the ground.

President Goodluck Jonathan called the attack “callous and senseless murder … by deranged terrorists and fanatics who have clearly lost all human morality and descended to bestiality”.