They murdered 29 students. Boko Haram’s real name is Jama’atu Ahlus Sunnati Lidda’awati wal Jihad, which means the Party of the People of the Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad. It is carrying out is campaign of blood and terror for the goal of imposing Islamic law upon Nigeria and (given its activities outside that country) the surrounding areas. It is a movement that owes its existence to Islamic teaching, and which is devoted to implementing Islamic teaching. Yet in analyzing such movements, Western analysts begin by discounting the religious motive, in every case assuming that it must be a cover for something else. Then upon these mistaken assumptions they pile more mistaken assumptions, until we get the mess that is U.S. foreign policy today.
“Nigeria school raid ‘leaves dozens dead,'” from the BBC, February 25 (thanks to Darcy):
Suspected Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group in north-eastern Nigeria have attacked a school and shot some students, the military has said.
Dozens of pupils are reported to have been killed. Police told Reuters that all the dead were boys and that some of the bodies “were burned to ashes”.
The attack took place in troubled Yobe state, the military said.
Residents of the town of Buni Yadi said the attackers struck at night, slitting the throats of some students.
They said that others were shot.
Teachers at the remote Federal Government College boarding school in Buni Yadi told the AP news agency that as many as 40 students had been killed in the assault which began early on Tuesday morning.
Hospital sources in Yobe told the BBC 29 corpses had been brought in following the attack.
‘Pursuit of the killers’
The military has confirmed that an attack took place on “student hostels” but says it cannot yet give further details.
Homes destroyed by Boko Haram militants in Bama, Borno State (February 2014) Boko Haram have been accused of numerous attacks in northern Nigeria including one earlier this month in Borno state
“Details are still sketchy due to lack of telephone access, and it is still not clear how many students were affected in the attack,” Yobe military spokesman Lazarus Eli told the AFP news agency.
“Our men are down there in pursuit of the killers,” he said.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sinful” in the northern Hausa language, has frequently attacked schools in the past.
Scores of people were killed in two attacks last week. In one incident, militants destroyed a whole village and shot terrified residents as they tried to escape.
The failure of the army to destroy the militants has fuelled anger in the north-east, correspondents say.
Thousands of people have been killed since 2009, when Boko Haram launched its campaign to install Islamic law….