Abuja: Twenty-nine students and a teacher have been killed by suspected Islamist insurgents who set on fire a government school building in Nigeria's Yobe state.

Armed men attacked Government Secondary School in the town of Mamudo on Sunday. Witnesses said suspected militants arrived with containers full of fuel and set fire to the school.

“29 students and a teacher, named as Mohammed Musa, were killed,” said an eyewitness.

Military spokesperson Eli Lazarus said no arrests have been made so far.

Members of radical Islamic sect Boko Haram have been carrying out killings in northern Nigeria since 2009 forcing the government to declare state of emergency in three states -- Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

(Agencies)

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