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Dozens Killed in Nigeria School Attack

Location of Federal Government College Buni Yadi, in Yobe state, Nigeria.
Location of Federal Government College Buni Yadi, in Yobe state, Nigeria.
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Suspected Islamic extremists killed more than 30 students Tuesday in northern Nigeria in an attack the country’s president calls "heinous, brutal and mindless."
 
The attack occurred in the middle of the night at the Federal Government College Buni Yadi - a state-run, co-educational school in Yobe state.

​Students and their parents told VOA’s Hausa service that the attackers set fire to dormitories and then killed students with machetes and knives. The witnesses said when the students tried to escape, the attackers forced them back inside the burning buildings. The militants killed only male students.
 
No one has claimed responsibility but officials blame Boko Haram.
 
A statement from President Goodluck Jonathan's office says the students were guiltless and killed by "deranged terrorists and fanatics who have clearly lost all human morality and descended to bestiality."
 
Boko Haram is trying to turn northern Nigeria into a conservative Islamic state.  It is blamed for thousands of deaths since 2009, including attacks on mosques, churches, villages, and government facilities.

Yobe is one of three states where President Jonathan declared a state of emergency last May and launched operations to destroy Boko Haram camps. Despite the effort, large-scale attacks have continued.

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by: ali baba from: new york
February 25, 2014 10:01 PM
The Nigerian Gov. has to find a means to protect The Nigerian people from terrorist. The country has oil and it can purchase arm and train its police and military to fight back these terrorist. any if the country does not have the experience, they can hire European to train their people . they need arm and helicopter .intelligent material to identify their location and attack them otherwise these terrorist will continue slaughter their people like a sheep


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
February 25, 2014 7:39 PM
The Nigerian authorities have failed the Nigerian populace, especially those living in these areas that boko haram always hits with serious injuries that can never heal. Changes to the security outfits are ceremonial only, favoring the president and his constituency or party, while people continue to die in their droves. Boko haram is not spirit, but have the military and police checked their ranks during an attack? Where are the officers and men of the security outfits while the hoodlums make mince meat of citizens in the country? How many of them have fat bank accounts and live above their income in the service? Why has not even one officer been charged for failure/negligence even in the face of field days by the militants lasting more than 5 hours without a challenge? Essentially I am saying that it is the same officers and men assigned for security of these places that turn round to attack them. That is why they are not available to go for counter when hoodlums numbering over 300 attack an area and are able to escape untouched after long hours of operation without a challenge. I cannot understand why VOA refuses to publish write ups that implicate the Nigerian government's inability to live up to its billing, especially in the face of abject failure like serial killings in school hostels that everybody knows have become new targets for the hoodlums. The president continues to make unnecessary long speeches to us without action to stem the foray. Instead he knows how to sack someone fighting corruption by stopping him in his track so that Nigerians may not know what is happening to the nation's income from oil. And I think VOA is as guilty as the government in Nigerian it has been covering up; which the legal function might interpret to mean aiding and abating, or accessory to crime.


by: ben from: london
February 25, 2014 1:53 PM
very sad

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