Nine civilians were killed in an attack waged against a state-sponsored school in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram militants yesterday. Nigeria continues to battle Boko Haram, a radical Islamic sect that has waged a four-year insurgency against the Nigerian state in hopes to establish a separate Islamic state, as the group has increased its violent presence in recent weeks. Perpetrating numerous gruesome attacks against innocents, especially Christians in northern Nigeria, the nine murders committed Tuesday add to the sect’s growing list of committed acts of terror, including the burning of numerous churches and the brutal slaying of Nigerian pastors.
06/19/2013 Nigeria (Business Standard) – Eleven people, including seven students, have been killed in an attack on a government school and a military checkpoint in northern Nigeria by suspected members of the insurgent Boko Haram group.
The attack took place in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state yesterday.
Eleven persons were killed when the sect members attacked Government Secondary School, Damaturu and a military checkpoint, military spokesman Lt. Eli Lazarus said.
Two teachers, seven students and two insurgents are those killed in the attack, he said, adding that three soldiers sustained severe injuries during the clash.
Eleven corpses were brought into his hospital, medical director of Damaturu Specialist Hospital Salem Umar said.
Six other students who sustained injuries were receiving treatment in the hospital, he said.
According to a survivor student, Goni Abubakar, the insurgents entered their school hostel in the evening and started shooting, forcing them to flee by jumping over the school fence.
Recently, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe where terror groups are known to be more effective.