Boko Haram Attacks Secondary School In Nigeria, 58 Christian Students Killed

At least 58 students were killed after Islamic militants attacked Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State. (citifmonline.com)
At least 58 students were killed after Islamic militants attacked Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State. (citifmonline.com)

At least 58 students were killed after Islamic militants attacked a secondary school in northeastern Nigeria late Monday night. The militants, suspected to be connected to Boko Haram, blocked the exits of a boys’ dormitory, set it on fire and killed the boys who tried to escape the flames. Many of the boys who could not escape were burned alive.

In an interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Ibrahim Abdul, a teacher at the Federal Government College located in Buni Yadi, Yobe State, said the militants arrived at the school “around 11:30 p.m. and operated till around 4 a.m., killing 29 students.”

According to the most recent reports, at least 58 young men were killed in the attack. Many witnesses reported the Boko Haram militants either shot or slit the throats of boys who attempted to escape the burning buildings, but many died in the flames.

“Some of the students’ bodies were burned to ashes,” Police Commissioner Sanusi Rufai told CBS News. One Christian charity active in Nigeria claims the death toll could rise above 100.

“I heard the cries of some people outside the school even before they [the militants] invaded the school,” a student who survived the attack told Open Doors International, as reported by Christian Today. “From where I was hiding I could hear other students crying at the top of their voices. I saw fire on the roofs of the hostels and other buildings in the school. But God saved my life. After they killed the students and burnt the structures, they fled.”

In an interview with International Christian Concern (ICC), Emmanuel Ogebe, special counsel for the Justice for Jos project, linked attacks on federal schools to Christian persecution and explained why the Christian population is hard hit by these attacks.

“There are already confirmed reports of Christian victims,” Ogebe said. “There is a high likelihood that many Christians attended the school since many northern state governments, like Yobe, spend public funds on Islamic schools and discourage Christian schools. The federal schools [like the school in Buni Yadi] afford a rare opportunity for Christians to send their kids to government-owned non-Islamic schools.”

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SOURCE: persecution.org

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