Multiple attacks by terrorist group Boko Haram have left a reported 32 people dead in three co-ordinated strikes in north-east Nigeria.
The attacks on Wednesday night targeted a college, a government office and a village. Buildings were burnt to the ground, and people shot, stabbed or incinerated. The attacks came just a day after the slaughter of 43 students at a federal government college near the capital of Yobe state. Survivors say those who tried to flee the burning dormitories were gunned down or knifed.
In September, at least 40 students were killed at an agriculture training college in Nigeria after Boko Haram members stormed a number of dormitories in the middle of the night and fired on sleeping students.
Boko Haram means “Western education is sinful” in Nigeria’s Hausa language. School attacks have become increasingly common in the fourth year of the group’s uprising.
The United Nations said over 300,000 people have been displaced in less than a year of ongoing violence in the country.
Boko Haram, declared a terrorist group by Nigeria and the United States, has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s primarily Muslim north. – Jessica Ankomah
Top photo: screen grab from video released by Boko Haram.