The information is just coming out so the numbers vary, but what is known is that a group of Boko Haram Islamic terrorists, in an early morning attack at a boarding school in Mamudo Village in northeast Nigeria, shot and killed from 30 to 42 people. Most of the dead are schoolchildren, some of whom were burned alive.
"We were sleeping when we heard gunshots. When I woke up, someone was pointing a gun at me," said 15-year-old Musa Hassan.Police are still searching for dozens of kids who managed to escape into the surrounding bush.
He put his arm up in defense, and suffered a gunshot that blew off all four fingers on his right hand, the one he uses to write with.
He said the gunmen came armed with jerry cans of fuel that they used to torch the school's administrative block and one of the hostels.
"They burned the children alive," he said, the horror showing in his wide eyes.
Some parents have vowed to remove their children from school. Farmer Malam Abdullahi who lost two of his boys, 10 and 12, said:
"That's it, I'm taking my other boys out of school. It's not safe. The gunmen are attacking schools and there is no protection for students despite all the soldiers."He has three other kids at another school. His 10-year-old had been shot in the back.
Some think the attack was in retaliation for the recent killing of 22 Boko Haram militants by the Nigerian military, but since Boko Haram means "western education is evil" it would seem that killing school children is in line with part of their mission. And if parents start withdrawing their kids fearing for their lives, then Boko Haram has done its job.
Sources: NBC News, Al Arabiya