Sunday, July 7, 2013

Nigerian Update; July 7, 2013

Boko Haram is at it again, this time murdering 29 children and a teacher at a school.  Some of the children were burned alive, say witnesses, and some of them are too badly charred to be identified by their parents.

This is Islam.

From The Hindu July 6

30 killed in Nigeria school attack

Islamic militants attacked a boarding school in northeast Nigeria before dawn on Saturday, killing 29 students and a teacher. Some of the pupils were burned alive in the latest school attack blamed on a radical terror group, survivors said.

Parents screamed in anguish as they tried to identify the charred and gunshot victims.

Farmer Malam Abdullahi found the bodies of two of his sons, a 10-year-old shot in the back as he apparently tried to run away, and a 12-year-old shot in the chest.

“That’s it, I’m taking my other boys out of school,” he told The Associated Press as he wept over the two bodies. He said he had three younger children in a nearby school.

“It’s not safe,” he said. “The gunmen are attacking schools and there is no protection for students despite all the soldiers.”

Survivors at the Potiskum General Hospital and its mortuary said gunmen attacked Government Secondary School in Mamudo village, 5 km from Potiskum town at about 3 a.m. local time on Saturday. The gunmen are believed to be from the Boko Haram sect whose name means “Western education is sacrilege.”

They killed 29 students and an English teacher, Mohammed Musa, who was shot in the chest according to another teacher, Ibrahim Abdu.

“We were sleeping when we heard gunshots. When I woke up, someone was pointing a gun at me,” said 15-year-old Musa Hassan.

“They burned the children alive,” he said, the horror showing in his wide eyes.

Some bodies are so charred they could not be identified, so many parents do not know if their children survived or died...

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