ABUJA, Nigeria, July 6 (UPI) -- Twenty-nine students and a teacher died Saturday in northern Nigeria when armed Islamist militants attacked a school and set it on fire, media reports said.
Survivors said some of the students were burned alive when members of Boko Haram attacked the school in Yobe state around 3 a.m., Sky News reported.
An English teacher at the school died after he was shot in the chest.
About 1,200 students attend the school. Dozens of them fled into the bush during the attack and did not immediately return after the attack ended, the report said.
One man who lost two sons in the attack complained the students had no protection despite the deployment of thousands of government troops into the region since a state of emergency was declared in May.