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Nigeria: Boko Haram Slaughters Students En-Route to Exams

Nigeria: Boko Haram Slaughters Students En-Route to Exams

The Islamist terrorist group is suspected of being behind the murders of at least 200 people

At least 200 students on their way to sit exams have been massacred by the Islamist terrorist group last weekend reports say. Boko Haram is a group seeking to create an independent Islamic state in north-east Nigeria.

According to Borno area Senator Zannah Ahmed insurgents arrived in two armored personnel cars and seven double cabin pickups. They drove from village to village shooting people and torching buildings. It often takes a time for news of events like this to filter through, as the villages attacked are in isolated rural areas with poor communications.

Senator Ahmed told reporters "It is a must for me to speak since people's lives are involved and they are my people. All these are happening in my constituency and it will be wrong to keep quiet. I feel so much pained and would have not love to speak (sic) but definitely my conscience will not let me do that."

Boko Haram, which translates as "Western Education is Forbidden" have been behind many brutal attacks on civilians during their insurgency. It was founded in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf to fight against the perceived 'westernization' of Nigeria. The conflict has become sectarian between the largely Muslim north and the largely Christian South. However, there are at least 370 different ethnic and cultural groups in Nigeria, with a commensurate number of languages. These divisions have made peace and unity difficult to achieve.

Schools and students have been targeted in the past, presumably because of Boko Haram's focus on preventing western education. In February, 59 boys were killed in a massacre at a secondary school. Churches and other buildings were targeted at the beginning of the year, prompting a state of emergency to be declared in three of the northern states where Boko Haram operates.

In November 2013 the US State Department designated them as a foreign terrorist organization. They are linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) an Algerian Islamist terrorist group.

(Clarion Project)

 

Moroccan Allegedly Plotted to Use Remote Toy Airplane Bomb

Moroccan Allegedly Plotted to Use Remote Toy Airplane Bomb

A Moroccan national living in Bridgeport, Conn. was arrested on Monday, April 7th after allegedly plotting to bomb a university and federal building using a remote-contro...

Shabak Head: Released Terrorists Can't Return to Judea, Samaria

Shabak Head: Released Terrorists Can't Return to Judea, Samaria

If, eventually, the “fourth round” of Arab terrorist prisoner releases takes place in Israel, the list of those to be released is set to include ten arch-terrorists whose...

Lockheed Martin Opens in Israel

Lockheed Martin Opens in Israel

Israeli branch, in Be'er Sheva, established to support IDF and campaign to develop the Negev, CEO says.

Lockheed Martin officially opened a branch in Be'er Sheva recently,...

Military Satellite Launch 'A Testament to Israel's Capabilities'

Military Satellite Launch 'A Testament to Israel's Capabilities'

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon congratulated the Israel Space Agency for its successful launch of the Ofek 10 satellite on Wednesday night, April 9th. “The launch ...

JVP Leads $7 Million Round in GreenSQL

JVP Leads $7 Million Round in GreenSQL

The Cyber investor Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) joins Magma Ventures and Rhodium to invest in GreenSQL, a next gen database security and compliance leader

GreenSQL, a ...

Longtime U.S. 'Allies' Qatar, Kuwait Prime Terror Financiers

Longtime U.S. 'Allies' Qatar, Kuwait Prime Terror Financiers

The message the West is delivering is that once you’re an ally, you’re always an ally — even if you help our enemies.

David Cohen, the Treasury Department Under Secretary ...

Chicago ABC Station, Financial Institutions Co-Sponsor CAIR Banquet – Part I

Chicago ABC Station, Financial Institutions Co-Sponsor CAIR Banquet – Part I

A federal court established a link between the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the terrorist group Hamas, but that did not stop Chicago's ABC 7 joining M...

Hamas Imposes Radical New Law: Lashings, Amputations, and Massive Executions

Hamas Imposes Radical New Law: Lashings, Amputations, and Massive Executions

Hamas is now trying to outdo the Taliban in imposing new Shar'ia inspired draconian punishments, including amputations of limbs and massive increases in lashings and exec...

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