Islamic militants attacked a boarding school over the weekend in Northeast Nigeria, leaving at least 29 students and a teacher dead.
"We were sleeping when we heard gunshots. When I woke up, someone was pointing a gun at me," Musa Hassan, 15, said.
The militants blew off four of his fingers on his right hand, but his life was spared.
Hassan said the gunmen carried jerry cans of fuel that they used to "burn the children alive."
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The military drenched a dormitory in fuel and then set it on fire while the students slept.
Authorities blame that violence on Boko Haram, a radical Muslim group that has been behind a series of other attacks in the region.
Parents met at the morgue of Potiskum General Hospital a few miles from the attack to identify the bodies of their children. But witnesses say some bodies were charred beyond recognition.