Saturday, October 5, 2013

Islamist Nigerian Gunmen Shoot Students Dead At Western-style School

[From article]
Boko Haram, which wants to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has intensified attacks on civilians in recent weeks in revenge for a military offensive against its insurgency.
Several schools, seen as the focus of Western-style education and culture, have been targeted.

Gunmen kill students as they sleep in Nigerian college
By Joe Hemba
September 29, 2013

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[From article]
The group's name translates as 'Western education is forbidden' and regard schools as a symbol of Western culture.
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Across Nigeria thousands have been killed since Boko Haram launched its uprising against the state in 2009, turning itself from a clerical movement opposed to Western culture into an armed militia with growing links to al Qaeda's West African wing.

Dozens of students shot dead in their beds as Islamist militants storm through college dorms in northern Nigeria
Boko Haram gunmen entered the dorm in the early hours of this morning and open fire and kill at least 40 as they slept
The group have links to al Qaeda and is fighting against the Nigerian government in a bid to create an Islamic state
It is the latest in a string of attacks on Nigerian schools from the group who oppose education as a symbol of western culture
PUBLISHED: 09:58 EST, 29 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:27 EST, 29 September 2013

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