Dozens of students killed at Nigerian college

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Suspected Islamic militants killed 29 students in a pre-dawn attack Tuesday on a northeast Nigerian school, survivors said, setting ablaze a locked dormitory and shooting and slitting the throats of those who escaped through windows. Some were burned alive.

Soldiers guarding a checkpoint near the government school were mysteriously withdrawn hours before the attack, said the spokesman for the governor of Yobe state.

Female students were spared in the attack, said spokesman Abdullahi Bego. The attackers went to the female dormitories and told the young women to go home, get married and abandon the Western education they said is anathema to Islam, he said. He was relating to The Associated Press what survivors and community leaders told Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam when he visited the now-deserted and destroyed Federal Government College at Buni Yadi, a secondary school 45 miles south of the state capital, Damaturu.

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.

Some students were burned alive in the attack that began around 2 a.m., he said.

Bego said the entire complex of the relatively new school had been burned out by firebombs — six dormitories, the administrative building, staff quarters, classrooms, a clinic and the kitchen.

The governor would be asking questions about why the school apparently was left unprotected, he said.

"The community complained to the governor that yesterday the military were withdrawn and then the attack happened," he said. A group of about eight soldiers manned the checkpoint when an AP reporter visited recently, and the nearest military base was a unit of about 30 soldiers in Buni Gari town, 1.2 miles away.

But soldiers from Damaturu did not arrive until noon, hours after the attackers had finished their work and taken off, according to community leaders who said they buried the bodies of 29 victims. Most appeared to be between 15 and 20 years old, Bego said.

Military spokesman Eli Lazarus had confirmed the attack but said he could not give an exact death toll because soldiers still were gathering corpses. He could not immediately be reached to comment on charges about the abandoned roadblock.

Nigeria's military has reported arresting several soldiers accused of aiding and passing information to extremists of the terrorist network of Boko Haram — the nickname means "Western education is forbidden." A senator also has been accused of similar charges.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday night dismissed charges the military is losing the war to halt the 4-year-old Islamic uprising in the northeast of Africa's biggest oil producer.

Written By: Adamu Adamu and Michelle Faul
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28 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #1 by God fearing Atheist:

      But even Islamists need education. Who will teach them to knap stone hand axes after they have firebombed their way back to the stoneage?

      It may not be haram to fashion stones. Has not the creator of all things in his infinite wisdom provided stones of a suitable size and shape for bludgeoning to death those who violate his decrees?

  1. This really is tragic beyond comprehension. How lost must a person be in order to think it’s justified to kill school children only for being there and learning about the real world. Yes, I can somehow fathom that ignorant fundamentalists hate western education since it personifies everything they think is wrong with the world. Because deep down, they realize that only the desperate ones without hope for a better future will follow their ignorant dogmatic beliefs. Still, to actually carry out such unimaginably atrocious acts against children seems to be so cruel and senseless that I just can’t understand what’s going on inside their heads. And that scares me, because I can’t understand how human beings are capable of such immense cruelty. I can’t really see any hope for people who commit atrocities like these ones. I think they have gone beyond the point of no return. I’m not even sure if it’s justified to call these people humans anymore. I find they more resemble some form of zombies.

    I mean, can you imagine a father who’s is slashing throats of innocent children in the morning and then goes home and kisses his wife and kids? I surely can’t. I guess if you have committed such horrible acts you really don’t have any choice but to keep on believing in your dogmatic beliefs. Because how could anyone be able to admit to themselves that they’ve actually slaughtered innocent children for no good reason at all?

    • In reply to #3 by Nunbeliever:

      This really is tragic beyond comprehension. How lost must a person be in order to think it’s justified to kill school children only for being there and learning about the real world. Yes, I can somehow fathom that ignorant fundamentalists hate western education since it personifies everything they t…

      …I’m not even sure if it’s justified to call these people humans anymore. I find they more resemble some form of zombies.

      When I was a very young child I came across a movie that best demonstrated how I felt about the religious people I had met in my life and how I felt in the community and schools I attended, it was called “Invasion of The Body Snatchers”. I truly felt as though religion had taken these people and snatched their minds. They were talking and laughing but were they still people, I wondered. How could they be more foolish than a child. It was hard not to feel superior.

      It is a horrible feeling to sit among people you don’t even consider people anymore. That is part of the problem with these men, they don’t see people as people either. People are just bodies to them. They are just servants to a greater power and their life and the lives of all of us, have no meaning but to serve and obey.

      And though I get angry and talk big against religion, I feel pity at the end of it all; they feel nothing. I’m not sure how far apart the two are or what it takes for the two to meet somewhere in the middle. I suppose we have our model selves and everyone else is a failure or success in comparison to that model.

      • In reply to #21 by aquilacane:

        In reply to #3 by Nunbeliever:

        This really is tragic beyond comprehension. How lost must a person be in order to think it’s justified to kill school children only for being there and learning about the real world. Yes, I can somehow fathom that ignorant fundamentalists hate western education since…

        There are of course dogmatic believers out there who do terrible things but think they are good human beings. I would count the parents who let their children die because they believe God can save them belongs to this category. But, I don’t think they are as frequent as some might think. For instance, these men who slaughter school children. I have a really hard time believing that they actually view themselves as righteous and good people. They probably don’t view themselves as bad people either. I just think they lack a fundamental part of what it means to be a human being. Like mindless zombies. I really don’t understand how people can become so cold and insensitive to the suffering of others. Perhaps years of intense brain washing will do the trick. Personally I think these people have suffered some major personal trauma which has predisposed them to psychopathic behavior, like slaughtering school children.

  2. Study the Koran and the hadith (the literature recounting the sayings and actions of Muhammad) and you will discover a religion of evil beliefs. On almost every page of the Koran, the Prophet instructs Muslims to hate non-believers. The world has a problem with Islam itself, not merely with “terrorism.”

  3. I teach a large number of Nigerian students. Of 80 students, 10 are displaced Nigerian kids. I would walk through the wall for these kids. I cannot begin to tell you how much I respect them. I have NEVER had a cross moment with a single child (and this year is typical of my numbers).

    Why so high you ask??? Because i teach advanced classes and these kids are advanced. One of my young men was just accepted to University of Pennsylvania and another young lady will be attending University of the Sciences in Philly on a full academic ride.

    The fact that they emerge from this chaos and rise is a testament to BOTH their strength as human beings and the strength of our much maligned schools.

    These assholes who would dare hurt someone for learning can lay awake at night knowing that while their efforts are horrific and terrifying to those that they can reach, what their efforts are really accomplishing is motivating a generation of their own kids to excel at “western education”. They are a welcome addition.

    • In reply to #7 by crookedshoes:

      I teach a large number of Nigerian students. Of 80 students, 10 are displaced Nigerian kids. I would walk through the wall for these kids. I cannot begin to tell you how much I respect them. I have NEVER had a cross moment with a single child (and this year is typical of my numbers).

      Why so hig…

      I recently read an article that pointed out that Nigerians are actually among the highest educated people in USA… that is really encouraging news. I guess the smart and brilliant ones move overseas, while the less fortunate ones are left to deal with the damn fundamentalists! We are constantly bombarded with news about immense cruelty and ignorance. For some reason this particular one really had an impact on me. I guess it has something to do with the fact that Nigeria is a poor country and these children were studying and really trying to improve their lives and help their natives… and yet, they were slaughtered like pigs. This story just makes me want to puke and cry my heart out! I don’t know… I just feel so empty inside after reading this. Empty and powerless! Why can’t we fucking be decent to each other? We don’t have to be altruists, but just decent human beings. Stories like these just break my heart.

    • In reply to #7 by crookedshoes:

      I teach a large number of Nigerian students. Of 80 students, 10 are displaced Nigerian kids. I would walk through the wall for these kids. I cannot begin to tell you how much I respect them. I have NEVER had a cross moment with a single child (and this year is typical of my numbers).

      Why so hig…

      As a English man I’m perhaps not qualified to comment, so I hope you won’t think me impertinent for doing so, but it seems to me that this is just the sort of influx of intellectual capabilities that America needs at the moment.

      S G

      • Stafford,
        I could not agree more. Their influx is our gain. They are (to a person) spectacular people and spectacular students. I cannot emphasize how this group of kids helps our schools. First off, they raise our “percentage of competents” when we standardize test. Second, they work their asses off and do NOT subscribe to the “lazy american” ideal that I combat all day every day. They are refreshing and polite, well raised and yes, most are religious.

        I have a young lady who has been in America for three weeks and is struggling to acclimate. When I mentioned her to a Senior boy who emigrated 12 years ago, he went to her HOUSE and knocked on the door…. ever since he has walked to school with her. Here is the thing. This is the norm. This is not atypical at all. Class, dignity, worldiness, compassion, and intelligence. That is what is being exported from Nigeria. And I will take all I can get.

        I will go down swinging on this one; Nigeria’s loss is America’s gain.

        In reply to #18 by Stafford Gordon:

        In reply to #7 by crookedshoes:

        I teach a large number of Nigerian students. Of 80 students, 10 are displaced Nigerian kids. I would walk through the wall for these kids. I cannot begin to tell you how much I respect them. I have NEVER had a cross moment with a single child (and this year is ty…

        • In reply to #22 by crookedshoes:

          Stafford,
          I could not agree more. Their influx is our gain. They are (to a person) spectacular people and spectacular students. I cannot emphasize how this group of kids helps our schools. First off, they raise our “percentage of competents” when we standardize test. Second, they work their ass…

          This is really heartening to read. This is not political correctness or affirmative action, but direct witness to really positive ‘inter-’racial’ human experience. Great

          Just out of interest, what are the religious faiths of these students? Sounds as though they are not a problem; good.

          • Hey Inquisador,
            They are mostly Christian, specifically Roman Catholic. They, however, are smart enough and brought up well enough to embody what is good about religion. Yes, i said it. It is pretty rare to see in a person and even more rare in a group, but these folks have got it right and that is probably why they uproot and take the huge gamble to get the hell away from the chaos.

            In reply to #23 by inquisador:

            In reply to #22 by crookedshoes:

            Stafford,
            I could not agree more. Their influx is our gain. They are (to a person) spectacular people and spectacular students. I cannot emphasize how this group of kids helps our schools. First off, they raise our “percentage of competents” when we standardize…

          • In reply to #26 by crookedshoes:

            Hey Inquisador,
            They are mostly Christian, specifically Roman Catholic. They, however, are smart enough and brought up well enough to embody what is good about religion. Yes, i said it. It is pretty rare to see in a person and even more rare in a group, but these folks have got it right and that…

            Well said and thank you for that typically thoughtful and candid reply crookedshoes.

            It is so sad to see this continuously escalating process going on in Nigeria.

            Even as we read of one atrocity we can bet that the next one is already cooking, or indeed occurring.

            The latest, I see, was 200 houses burned and 16 Christians killed yesterday (thanks to Jihad Watch):-

            JOS, Nigeria, March 5, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Armed gunmen believed to be Muslim Fulani herdsmen yesterday and early today attacked a cluster of villages in Plateau state, killing 16 Christians and destroying numerous homes, Christian leaders said.

            The assailants, reportedly dressed in military camouflage, shot randomly as they struck Torok, Gwon, Gwarim, Gwareng and Rim villages in Rim District of the Riyom Local Government Area west of Jos. Musa Gunduma Dang of Gwon village said they killed his mother, wife, four children and three other relatives.

            “They shot sporadically and set my house ablaze, killing all members of my family, and the entire village has been destroyed,” Dang said.

            Daniel Bitrus Manjang, a pastor with the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), told Morning Star News the attacks were “very tragic.”

            “About 200 houses were burned, and 16 Christians were killed,” said Manjang, a resident of Rim.

            About 10 years ago Manjang lost his father, the Rev. Bitrus Manjang, a former COCIN vice president, to a similar attack in Rim village, he said.

            The Rev. Patrick Kim, COCIN pastor in Gwarim, told Morning Star News by phone that the Muslim attackers invaded the villages at about 4 p.m., killing and destroying until 12:30 a.m.

            My comment: There is a hadith (Bukhari Vol 1, Book 11, No 626) in which Mohammed extols the importance of the early morning attendance at the mosque for the congregational ‘Fajr’ and ‘Isha’ prayers; saying that those who fail to attend ought to be burnt, along with their houses.
            Hence some kind of precedent by the exemplary one, to serve as a shining example for all those devout zombies (yes, nunbeliever), who follow.

          • What breaks my heart (a better description is it breaks my spirit), is how the survivors and witness tell the stories so dispassionately. They seem glazed over to the hate and violence. It seems to me that this is when the bullies pounce hardest.

            The violent pieces of garbage are most empowered when good people are looking at their shoes and numb to the violence. And to see news reports and read eyewitness accounts and see with my own eyes how defeated these folks look and how emotionless they are about their families dying is heartbreaking.

            Fleeing is the only rational decision.

            In reply to #27 by inquisador:

            In reply to #26 by crookedshoes:

            Hey Inquisador,
            They are mostly Christian, specifically Roman Catholic. They, however, are smart enough and brought up well enough to embody what is good about religion. Yes, i said it. It is pretty rare to see in a person and even more rare in a group, but these…

  4. It’s not about Islam – there are plenty of non-violent Islamists (and even Christians etc) in the world, despite what their nasty little books say – its about the high tolerance of violence in that culture. (Anyway, how many Islamist Nigerians can/have actually read the Koran?) Just as in the now developed world hundreds of years ago people are prepared to kill with very little provocation. It doesn’t matter what silly stuff they believe in. Ignorance, tribalism and poverty are the main factors – educated, well fed people don’t tend to kill others.

    • In reply to #8 by rzzz:

      It’s not about Islam – there are plenty of non-violent Islamists (and even Christians etc) in the world, despite what their nasty little books say – its about the high tolerance of violence in that culture. (Anyway, how many Islamist Nigerians can/have actually read the Koran?)

      While I acknowledge your point about violence in that culture, even illiterates are aware of the parts of the Koran that prompt them to strike out at infidels. They watch lunatic imams spewing hate on TV every day and the mosques are aggressively radicalizing young people. Both of these sources of hate are known to exist by moderate Muslims. At this point everyone knows a family in their social circle who took their kids to mosque for Sunday school and socializing and realized too late that their teen’s brain was hijacked in the process. We know two families who are dealing with this at the current time. They are trying to bring their brainwashed kids back into the moderates fold but the teens verbally attack their own parents for being slacker Muslims.

      Rumors out of Algeria say that teens like these are disappearing. The mosques are suspected of sending them into jihadi training camps. That would include young women who are told that their salvation is assured if they go to service jihadist men sexually.

      Interesting that these jihadist murderers only wanted to kill males. I’m surprised they let the females run away. I would have predicted that they would keep them for their own use since it would be easy to justify this by the writings in the Koran regarding capture of women in battle. I will post the reference on that if you want it.

      Granted that the Enlightenment hasn’t reached Africa and the Middle East and there is an intolerable political situation creating a victim mentality throughout these areas, but on top of it they have the word of Allah aggressively preaching hate too. Very bad combination indeed.

    • In reply to #8 by rzzz:

      It’s not about Islam – there are plenty of non-violent Islamists (and even Christians etc) in the world, despite what their nasty little books say – its about the high tolerance of violence in that culture. (Anyway, how many Islamist Nigerians can/have actually read the Koran?) Just as in the now d…

      And just what are all these non violent Islamists doing about this kind of horror? Sweet bugger all, that’s what. This is what makes Islam a problem for the world, not just the appalling actions of the admittedly extreme elements, but the sanctimonious mutterings about how “It’s not us you know, we are moderates. Islam is about peace.”

      It is also about cutting off little girls clitorises, cutting off little boys foreskins, torturing cattle to death, stoning women to death, execution for apostasy, and a further raft of “peaceful” practices that are mainstream Islam and have nothing to do with the “extremists.”

      You blame tribalism. Islam is tribalism, and is a particularly nasty and violent, mysogynistic, and generally anti human example.

      • In reply to #13 by Sheepdog:

        “….And just what are all these non violent Islamists doing about this kind of horror? Sweet bugger all, that’s what. This is what makes Islam a problem for the world, not just the appalling actions of the admittedly extreme elements, but the sanctimonious mutterings about how “It’s not us you know, we are moderates. Islam is about peace.”

        It is also about cutting off little girls clitorises, cutting off little boys foreskins, torturing cattle to death, stoning women to death, execution for apostasy, and a further raft of “peaceful” practices that are mainstream Islam and have nothing to do with the “extremists.”

        You blame tribalism. Islam is tribalism, and is a particularly nasty and violent, mysogynistic, and generally anti human example.”

        Yes, exactly.

        I would only add that:- we all know that the penalty for apostasy is a powerful deterrent against conversion out of Islam, which of course contributes to the great numerical strength of this faith. We are now seeing other similarly strong forces at work to the same ends.

        The rise of information technology, with online availability of all the canonical texts (sira, hadiths, koran), in all their vast voluminous depravity, for all to see, present challenges to the defenders of the faith. Hence the OIC push toward international blasphemy laws. The very strict ban on questioning the unquestionable tenets of Islam, on pain of blasphemy charges. Also the emphasis by Jihadi groups on presenting Koranic or hadith sanctification for their actions (as at Woolwich). Those ‘moderate’ Muslims who may wish to dissociate themselves from murderous actions may face the risk of heresy or blasphemy charges.

        Islam may be absurd as well as cruel to non-Muslims, but it has powerful built-in defence systems to protect it from the public criticism that it deserves.

        • In reply to #14 by inquisador:

          In reply to #13 by Sheepdog:

          “….And just what are all these non violent Islamists doing about this kind of horror? Sweet bugger all, that’s what. This is what makes Islam a problem for the world, not just the appalling actions of the admittedly extreme elements, but the sanctimonious mutterings a…

          I take your point. There are, I am sure, people within the Islamic community who would love to be able to do something to pull a faith that is pivotal to their lives from the gutter through which it is being dragged, but who feel isolated, and threatened and cowed to the point that all they would acheive is sacrifice, with no virgins in heaven to compensate.

          The words of Martin Niemoller are worth repeating, written of course about another tribal culture that also particularly disliked Jewish people.

          First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Socialist.
          
          Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
          
          Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew.
          
          Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.
          
          • In reply to #16 by Sheepdog:

            In reply to #14 by inquisador:

            In reply to #13 by Sheepdog:

            “….The words of Martin Niemoller are worth repeating, written of course about another tribal culture that also particularly disliked Jewish people.

            Very apt, Sheepdog. Very apt.

            Of course our support and encouragement must go freely to the few brave ones who do speak out plainly.

    • In reply to #8 by rzzz:

      It’s not about Islam – there are plenty of non-violent Islamists (and even Christians etc) in the world, despite what their nasty little books say – its about the high tolerance of violence in that culture…. Ignorance, tribalism and poverty are the main factors – educated, well fed people don’t tend to kill others.

      This is like saying that Nazism had nothing to do with the holocaust. Dangerous ideas lead to dangerous beliefs. And the worst beliefs lead to the worst behavior.

      I think you should read Sam Harris’ book “The End Of Faith – Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason”. He addresses this argument directly and very convincingly with facts and an impeccably lucid approach. One highlight that comes to mind is that the 19 hijackers of the 9/11 attacks were from middle-class families, western educated and well off financially. So the motivation for their actions cannot possibly be ascribed to poverty and ignorance.

      Of course, ignorance and tribalism are BIG factors in sectarian violence. But the doctrine of Islamic jihad basically sanctions that violence by telling them that it is their holy duty as “good muslims” to “burn the infidel” (there’s LOTS of references to actual burning and scalding in the Koran). It tells them that this “pleases Allah”, that this is what he expects of you as a true believer. So on the contrary, it’s VERY MUCH about Islam.

  5. Do you want evidence that Islam is a cult of death? Somewhere in the world a man wearing a bomb will press a button destroying himself and a multitude of innocent men, women, and children. If an atrocity of this kind is not occuring at precisely this moment, it will happen in a few days at most. When you hear the news you will no nothing about the bomber, but you will almost certainly be able to guess the bombers religion.

  6. The heedless cruelty inflicted on innocent victims is the most sickeningly repugnant part. These attacks are becoming progressively more devastating and frequent. Whole villages have been destroyed and hundreds killed this year alone.

    It warrants more attention from the west. Like, maybe a little support from the Paras or the SAS to this ex-British colony. It worked in Sierra Leone.

  7. Yet again, the silence of Muslim leaders with regard to this atrocity perpetrated in the name of Islam speaks volumes. Moderate Muslims notwithstanding, Islam is a serious problem for the world.

  8. Let’s look at these two statements:

    1) Suspected Islamic militants killed 29 students in a pre-dawn attack Tuesday on a northeast Nigerian school,

    2) Female students were spared in the attack, said spokesman Abdullahi Bego. The attackers went to the female dormitories and told the young women to go home, get married and abandon the Western education they said is anathema to Islam, he said.

    Suspected?

  9. Liberalists and apologetics will claim it is only extremists that carry out atrocities. These people are just following the dictates of their chose deity. Any person who follows religion harms others in some way, but maybe not directly. FGM, homophobia, gay marriage, anti abortion and the list goes on.

    If there were no religions then there would be no religious extremists.

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