Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Boko Haram Massacres More Sleeping Students In Nigeria

I saw a headline on a Facebook page which I assumed was a link to an old article.  That often happens. But no, Nigeria's Boko Haram animals slaughtered 43 sleeping students around 2.a.m. at a secondary boarding school (Federal Government College) in the north eastern town of Buni Yadi.

The attackers reportedly hurled explosives into student residential buildings, sprayed gunfire into rooms and hacked a number of students to death.
A senior medical source at the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in Yobe's capital Damaturu said the gunmen only targeted male students and that female students were "spared".
July 2013 over 40 people were killed at another school, most of them children, some burned alive.

And last September more than 40 were gunned down while sleeping at an agriculture training school. At least a thousand have lost their lives since Boko Haram has ramped up its fight to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

In a video sent to AFP last week, Boko Haram's purported leader, Abubakar Shekau, said he would continue his relentless campaign of violence on anyone who supports democracy or so-called Western values.
President Goodluck Jonathan has said he is trying to get them to end the violence and to

 lay down their arms and engage in talks to address their grievances.
But it's quite obvious what they want - an extreme Islamic state - and they're certainly not going to end the violence until that happens. I'm not sure why these world leaders seem to think they can negotiate with extremists like the Taliban, Boko Haram or Al-Shabaab.

More on the story here.

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