Terrorists in Nigeria burned a boarding school to the ground overnight, killing dozens of students inside.
This is the latest attack officials are blaming on Boko Haram — the same al-Qaeda linked militant group responsible for killing thousands of Nigerian civilians since its uprising in 2009. (Via CNN )
In this instance, the attackers “struck at night, slitting the throats of some students,” according to the BBC. All of the students killed were boys.
Boko Haram, with a name that translates to "western education is forbidden," has denounced these schools as a "plot against Islam."
Both the U.S. and Nigeria have designated Boko Haram a terrorist organization. Nigeria’s military launched a failed offensive to crush the group. In return, the group stepped up its attacks. (Via Voice of America , Arise News Channel )
In a news conference Monday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan defended the army’s attempt to crush Boko Haram's uprising, pointing to some successes. (Via Channels Television )
To prevent the insurgents from fleeing the country, Jonathan said his government was coordinating with Cameroon to secure the border.