Boko Haram gunmen storm a college dormitory and fire on sleeping students.

Boko Haram gunmen have stormed a college dormitory in Nigeria’s conflict-scarred north-east, firing on students as they slept.

Unconfirmed reports say more than 20 students were killed in the early morning attack on the College of Agriculture in the town of Gujba in Yobe state.

Area military spokesman Lazarus Eli said it was carried out by “Boko Haram terrorists who went into the school and opened fire on students,” while they were sleeping.

Security forces were at the scene but details on the number of dead and injured were not yet available, he said.

Gujba is roughly 30 kilometres from the state capital of Damaturu.

A police source, who requested anonymity, said that initial reports indicated the death toll could be high but he was not prepared to discuss figures.

A hospital source in the Yobe state capital Damaturu, who asked not to be named, told Reuters that 26 bodies had been brought in from the scene of the attack.

Yobe has seen a series of brutal attacks targeting students in recent months, all blamed on Boko Haram.

The worst occurred in July in the town of Mamudo, where the Islamists threw explosives and sprayed gunfire into dormitories, killing at least 42 people, mostly students.

The name Boko Haram means ‘Western education is forbidden’ and the group has repeatedly attacked schools, universities and colleges through its four-year insurgency.

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