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Africa Rocked By Another Terrorist Attack


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]

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  • Alexander Scipio

    If the Great Powers really cared about peace, especially our Nobel laureate, they would at least pay lip service, preferably actually take action against, the ideology at the core of ALL violence globally: islam.

  • Pete

    Islam is a cancer in the body of the human race.

    It’s time to surgical remove it …. or irradiate it until it is toast..

  • Loader2000

    That’s it Boko Haram is gone now. Such acts of pointless, horrific violence are the kinds of acts that led to the Sunni uprising in Iraq (i.e. when the Sunnis were on OUR side for a little while). They’ve now alienated most Muslims and every Christian in the Nigeria and it is only a matter of time before they driven out of Nigeria. That is not to say that it won’t take years and a whole lot more violence before they are gone, but they now have no chance at winning with war of public opinion in Nigeria, among Christians or Muslims. I am constantly astonished at how terrorists organizations shoot themselves in the foot time and time again when, had they bit a little bit more restrained, they could have won the hearts and minds of large segments of their target population. They are not just violent, evil fanatics, they are stupid, violent evil fanatics and my heart goes out to the families of those killed.

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