Published on July 6, 2013 by Newsy: Alex Mallin
At least 30 people are reported dead after an extremist attack on a Nigerian boarding school. Survivors say multiple gunmen from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram attacked a government secondary school with canisters of gasoline. (Via Sky News )
They describe scenes of horror as students fleeing the burning building were shot and others unable to escape were charred beyond recognition. (Via Global Post ) 29 of those killed are reported to be schoolchildren as young as 10 years old, one English schoolteacher was also killed.
“Survivors say they literally woke up to find gunmen pointing their guns at them.”
“Some students describing how they put up their hands to try and defend themselves and had their hands blown off by the gunmen." (Via BBC )
Boko Haram is responsible for the deaths of more than 1,600 people since 2010 and this isn’t the first time the group has targeted a school. (Via Al Jazeera ) The name Boko Haram stands for “Western Education is Sacrilege,” the group systematically targets locations offering government services. (Via Telegraph )
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan called for a state of emergency in response to attacks back in May, but it has done little to cut down instances of violence in the region.