Boarding School Attack Kills 30
Militant sect Boko Haram blamed in Nigeria
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 6, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
File photo of Nigerian soldiers standing guard in Maiduguri, Nigeria.   (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

(Newser) – Islamic militants attacked a boarding school in northeast Nigeria before dawn today, killing 29 students and one teacher. Some of the pupils were burned alive in the latest school attack blamed on the radical terror group Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege." Survivors said gunmen attacked the Government Secondary School in Mamudo village about 3am. "We were sleeping when we heard gunshots," recounts a 15-year-old survivor. "When I woke up, someone was pointing a gun at me."

He put his arm up in defense and suffered a gunshot that blew off four fingers on his right hand. He and other witnesses said the gunmen came armed with cans of fuel they used to torch the school's administrative block and one of the hostels. Militants from Boko Haram and breakaway groups have killed more than 1,600 civilians in suicide bombings and other attacks since 2010, according to an AP count. President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency on May 14, and deployed thousands of troops to halt the insurgency.

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Jul 7, 2013 1:06 PM CDT
Peace will never exist in this world as long as there is any religion present at all. Religion has been mans worst enemy for centuries without question. This is just more senseless blood shed in the name of absolutely nothing at all.
Jul 7, 2013 12:39 PM CDT
Ain't the religion of Peace grand? So much love and caring. More proof that religion has always been and will always be civilization's cancer as it has for eons throughout history.Believe in my spook or I'll kill you!
Jul 7, 2013 7:32 AM CDT
Boko Haram is better translated as " knowledge / intelligence is forbidden" Sounds about right for fanatical religious nut jobs (of ANY religion, my gf is Muslim, it's not the religion, it's the extremists) were getting primed for another Crusades here.