Noah Rothman of Mediaite is reporting that Islamic militants linked to Boko Haram – the militant group which stormed a Kenyan shopping mall in September, 2013 – attacked a secondary school boarding house in Nigeria and, according to a military spokesman, “opened fire on student hostels.”
“Some of the students’ bodies were burned to ashes,” a police commissioner added.
“Fresh bodies have been brought in,” another police source said. More bodies were discovered in the bush after the students who had escaped with bullet wounds died from their injuries.”
Boko Haram, which literally means “Western education is sinful” or “forbidden,” carefully planned the attack which has claimed the lives of between 29 and 59 children. All of the victims were young boys. Women, according to reports, were spared by the attackers.
The militants locked the door of one dormitory where male students were sleeping and then set it ablaze, slitting the throats of those who tried to clamber out of windows and gunning down those who ran away, said teacher Adamu Garba.
This is not the first time that Islamic militants in Eastern Nigeria carried out an atrocity against children. In September, Islamic insurgents killed 40 students attending the College of Agriculture in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state.
Aside from scant reports in a handful of press outlets, these and other horrific attacks have inspired little in the way of breathless media coverage in the West.