In yet another brutal act of terrorism, members of Boko Haram raided and burned to the ground a boarding school in northern Nigeria’s Yobe state, killing 42 civilians in the attack. An extremist, Islamic sect pursuing an agenda to establish a separate Islamic state in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram has, especially in recent months, systematically targeted Christians—slaying pastors and burning and looting Christian churches and villages. Though the most recent attack did not conform to this pattern, it nonetheless exemplifies the sect’s commitment to violence and guerrilla warfare tactics, leaving many Christians in the region fearful of its next attack.
7/8/2013 Nigeria (The Inquistr) — Nigeria’s Yobe state ordered secondary schools closed on Sunday, one day after a massacre killed 42 people at a boarding school. Suspected Islamist extremists killed the children, then set fire to their school.
The Nigerian state’s governor Ibrahim Gaidam ordered “all secondary schools in the state be closed down from Monday 8th July 2013 until a new academic session begins in September.”
The attack happened early on Saturday in the Mamudo district. Assailants believed to be from Boko Haram rounded up students and staff in one of the boarding schools dormitories. They then threw explosives inside and opened fire.
Boko Haram translates to “Western education is a sin.” The group has been responsible for several bombings and shootings around Nigeria in recent years. They are known to specifically target Christians, often churches, though they do not tolerate Western education either.