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Nigerian militants kill students as they sleep in dorms

Up to 50 slain; raid, fire latest in string of attacks

POTISKUM, Nigeria — Suspected Islamist extremists attacked an agricultural college in the middle of the night, torching classrooms and gunning down about 50 students as they slept in dormitories, the school’s provost said — the latest violence in northeastern Nigeria’s ongoing Islamist uprising.

The attack, blamed on the Boko Haram extremist group, came despite a 4½-month-old state of emergency covering three states and one-sixth of the country. Recent violence has led many to doubt assurances from the government and the military that they are winning Nigeria’s war on the extremists.

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