With the Westgate Mall in Kenya still full of wreckage from the recent attacks, 50 college students were murdered in their beds by Boko Haram in Nigeria early Sunday morning. The AP reports:
Provost Molima Idi Mato of Yobe State College of Agriculture told The Associated Press that there were no security forces protecting the college. Two weeks ago, the state commissioner for education had begged schools and colleges to reopen and promised they would be guarded by soldiers and police….President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the attack in a televised “chat with the media” Sunday night, and questioned the motives of Boko Haram, which wants to impose Islamic law across Nigeria. He said he wondered whether the victims were Muslim or Christian.[Survivor Adamu Usman] said almost all those killed were Muslims, as is the majority of the college’s student body.
It would be a mistake to think that al-Shabab and Boko Haram are both part of a well-organized and coordinated organization, but it would be equally mistaken and more dangerous to miss the evidence of mounting violence coming from fanatical jihadis from one side of Africa to the other. This is a conflict that isn’t going away.[Muslim militant image courtesy of Shutterstock]