We will keep you updated on this breaking and truly heart wrenching story of Nigerian school children being targeted by Muslim Islamist Boko Haram leader Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau and Islam’s militant muslim murderers. These are not soldiers with honor to fight in a warrior’s battle. These are cowards, and in some instances, pedophiles who kill innocent children in the name of Islam and call it Jihad. These Islamic Muslim cult members of Boko Haram are barbaric medieval tools for Satan. Boko Haram views all of USA, Israel and Western Civilization’s education system and its people as its enemy. Christian, Jewish and Non-Muslim children and adults are viewed “kafirs” and “pigs & monkeys” and are tortured, stoned, burned and slaughtered with no remorse by Islam’s brainwashed followers. ~PBN
Fierce clashes on Monday in the northwestern part of Nigeria, the fishing community Baga, between government forces and rebels of the notorious Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram, resulting in at least 187 people lose their lives, according to report of the Red Cross. As communicated by the Armed forces, Islamist militants have used self-propelled rockets and heavy machine guns against regular soldiers, but eyewitnesses said the news agency Associated Press that troops burned entire villages where civilians were hiding. Representative of the Red Cross spoke to the AP said that even 77 people have injured and received first aid, while about 300 houses have been burned. Authorities have not even allow the Red Cross to enter the town, he said. The Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria, where the Christian community is about 50% of the population and mostly coexist peacefully with the Muslim community of equal size. recalled that in early March a branch of Boko Haram, the organization Ansar, claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and running seven foreign hostages, among whom was also a Greek. recalled that last week the Prime Minister of Nigeria, left open the possibility to offer amnesty to Islamist rebels in an attempt to end the deadly activities of the organization.
This is so awful and depraved. It eerily calls to mind the sick sexual torture of children by Muslims in the Beslan terror attack.
Obama refuses to designate Boko Haram a terrorist organization (tea partiers, vets, grandmas and George Zimmerman, well that’s a whole other thing).
MAMUDO, Nigeria (Reuters) – They crept up to the school under cover of darkness, armed with petrol and automatic weapons.
Most of the teachers and pupils had fled, but some students, one teacher and headmaster Adanu Haruna were still in the compound, one of many rural boarding schools in Nigeria surrounded by forest and farmland.
“They made the students line up and strip naked, then they made the ones with pubic hair lie face down on the ground,” Haruna said, eyes wide with horror at describing the attack on the iron-roofed school built by British colonizers in the 1950s.
“They shot them point blank then set the bodies on fire.”
The Mamudo government school, charred and smelling of scorched blood after 22 students and a teacher were killed there in the July 6 attack near Potiskum in Nigeria’s northeast, was the fourth to be targeted by suspected Boko Haram militants in less than a month.
The attacks reveal much about the rebels who are fighting to revive a medieval Islamic caliphate in northern Nigeria, the type of state they are seeking to establish and the impact of their efforts to do so on the African economic powerhouse.
In a video uploaded to the Internet on Saturday, Boko Haram’s purported leader Abubakar Shekau denied ordering the latest killings, saying Boko Haram does not itself kill small children, but he praised attacks on Western schools.
“We fully support the attack on school in Mamudo, as well as on other schools,” he said. “Western education schools are against Islam … We will kill their teachers.”
Boko Haram, a nickname which translates roughly as “Western education is sinful”, formed around a decade ago as a clerical movement opposed to Western influence, which the sect’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf, said was poisoning young minds against Islam.
Yet security forces and politicians were the main targets of the armed revolt it started after Yusuf’s killing in a 2009 military crackdown that left 800 people dead.
Since those days Boko Haram has splintered into several factions, including some with ties to al Qaeda’s Saharan wing, which analysts say operate more or less independently, despite Shekau’s loose claim to authority over them.
Before June, there had been only a handful of attacks on the Western-style schools it so despises.
An offensive against the insurgents since President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three remote northern states in May, wresting control of the far northeast from Boko Haram and pushing its fighters into hiding, has changed that.
Across northeastern Nigeria, schools are emptying out, threatening further radicalization and economic decline in a region left behind by the country’s oil-rich Christian south.
Nassir Salaudeen, a teacher whose son was killed in a strike on Damaturu government school on June 16, the first of the wave of recent attacks, said he had put all his efforts into his boy’s education in the hope he would get a good job.
“They killed him in cold blood, just because he was a student and his father a teacher,” a tearful Salaudeen said. “I regret ever being educated.”
For some, the school attacks are a sign the offensive has weakened the Islamist group, which is still seen as the main security threat to Africa’s leading oil and gas producer.
“Given the security clampdown, many of the places like police stations or the military are getting harder for Boko Haram to hit,” said Kole Shettima, chairman of the Centre for Democracy and Development. “Schools are soft targets.”
But the attacks also reflect a radical ideology that resents modernity and yearns to wind back the clock to an era before West African lands were conquered by Europeans.
Centuries ago northern Nigeria, like much of West Africa, was ruled by Islamic empires feeding off trans-Saharan trade routes connecting Africa’s forested interior with its Mediterranean coast.
Boko Haram rarely gives statements to the media. But the little it has said suggests it wants to restore those glory days.
Last year, the sect said it wanted to revive the 19th century caliphate of Usman Dan Fodio, an Islamic scholar who threw off corrupt Hausa kings and established strict Sharia law.
When Britain established Nigeria as a territory, it agreed to spare the largely Muslim north’s leaders the activities of missionaries, who brought Christianity but also education and literacy that gave the south a head start over the north.
The north was able to retain its Islamic culture but at the cost of suffering economically; political and economic power has shifted to the south and the education gap has played a role in that growing discrepancy.
A lack of education and high youth unemployment has also helped Boko Haram’s Islamist ideology to thrive. By Isaac Abrak (Writing and additional reporting by Tim Cocks in Abuja; editing by Philippa Fletcher)Source:
“Boko Haram think the secular school system has brainwashed Nigerians to accept the post-colonial Western order and forget the Islamic ways that existed before,” said Jacob Zenn, an expert on the sect at the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation.
The attacks, which the U.N. children’s fund (UNICEF) says have killed 48 students and seven teachers in the past month, aim to scare parents and their kids away from schools.
“It says: ‘either take your children out of school or put them into an Islamist school we approve of’,” Zenn said, one that teaches only in Arabic and omits courses like science.
He added that such schools need not necessarily be Boko Haram sponsored: there are conservative Islamic schools for children where they study under an Imam and the curriculum is all in Arabic and focused on the Koran. The sect accepts them.
Many people are turning away from education altogether.
“The risk isn’t worth it. These guys are just mindless,” said Mike Ojo, a mechanic in the northeastern city of Maiduguri who is taking his three children out of school.
Even if they stayed, many teachers have left, said teacher Ali Umar from a Maiduguri secondary school, and in many schools there are often too few teachers for the pupils who stay put, leaving them with little choice but to leave.
“I am not prepared to die for teaching. Time to start looking for a new job,” he said, shrugging. “Most of our schools are deserted anyway.”
The spot where Halima Musa’s husband was shot dead at their home on June 16 — in front of her and the children — is still caked with his dried blood, the wall pocked with bullet holes.
They came at 3 a.m., guns blazing, demanding she open the door. She begged them to stop as they dragged the teacher out.
“They shot him three times in the head and told me that this should be a lesson not to marry a western educated person or any person that works for President Jonathan,” she said, choking back tears in front of three traumatized children.
Yobe state education commissioner Mohammed Lamin complained that the military had not done enough to protect schools from attack, even after they were targeted.
Before the murderous assault on the Maumdo school, there had been an earlier attack on May 8, in which some property was burnt. Headmaster Haruna said the security forces he called for help patrolled initially but stopped after a week.
The military was not immediately available to comment, but it has said in the past it is doing all possible to protect civilians while crushing the insurgents in its offensive.
Schools are a devastating target for an impoverished region suffering a high rate of illiteracy, but Lamin says he is determined that Yobe’s children get educated.
“These terrorists are trying to stop western education but we cannot allow them do that,” he said. “We must do everything to ensure children are safe in the school.”
By Pamela Geller
And more attacks are being called for by this leader [Photo Credit AFP] of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekauin ~ PBN
The leader of Nigeria‘s Islamist militant group Boko Haram has called for more attacks against schools, describing western education as a “plot against Islam”, in a video released days after his fighters killed 46 students in an assault on a dorm.
In the 15-minute recording released at the weekend, Abubakar Shekau said schools would continue to be targeted “until our last breath”.
“Teachers who teach western education? We will kill them! We will kill them in front of their students, and tell the students to henceforth study the Qur’an,” he said, gesticulating energetically while dressed in military fatigues and a traditional hat.
Shekau denied that his fighters killed children. “Our religion does not permit us to touch small children and women, we don’t kill children,” he said, reading from sheets of paper as he cradled a Kalashnikov. He also dismissed talk of a ceasefire. Last week the government said it had signed a deal with Shekau’s second-in-command.
With its ability to launch attacks reduced by a military crackdown, Boko Haram is redrawing the battle lines in Nigeria’s four-year insurgency by going after softer targets. A recent spate of attacks on schools is part of a two-pronged strategy that plays up the extremists’ ideology against western institutions while also providing a stream of potential new recruits as frightened parents pull their children out of education.
Unschooled and unemployed children are increasingly being recruited – sometimes forcibly – to fill the ranks of Boko Haram and unleash violence against their peers, the Guardian has learned. Witnesses say many are plied with dates stuffed with tramadol – a narcotic used to tranquilise horses – before being sent on missions.
Just after dawn on 6 July, a school dormitory was doused in petrol and set alight in north-eastern Yobe. Those trying to flee the flames were shot. The attack left 46 dead, mostly students. More than 300 classrooms have been torched in the remote, arid state since 2009, according to official counts.
Hundreds of families have fled the region. “This really shook us up. Students being attacked in their sleep is too disgusting for us to even imagine,” said Adam Mohammed, a textiles trader visiting neighbouring northern Kano state, where he relocated his family for safety reasons. “It was hard, but I feel I made the right decision to leave Yobe. I’m a father of three and when I think of what those parents must be going through …” He shook his head mutely.
Last month 16 students were gunned down in consecutive strikes on a secondary comprehensive in Yobe and another school in Borno, Boko Haram’s spiritual home. In April two attacks on a university left 16 dead.
A state of emergency has been in place for two months in three north-eastern states. Soldiers pouring into Yobe and Borno have dismantled urban cells, but Boko Haram has responded by changing tactics. Previously it had attempted to ignite a sectarian war by bombing packed churches.
Closing down mobile phone services is thought to have reduced the insurgents’ ability to co-ordinate attacks, but it has also had unintended deadly consequences. “I saw the gunmen sneaking into the school compound in hordes but I couldn’t call any soldiers for help,” said Ahmadu Sani, whose farm borders the school grounds where 46 were killed. “The police cannot be everywhere so they should restore the connections even if there’s a state of emergency.”
Northern Nigeria has some of the highest unemployment and school dropout rates in the world, despite the country being the eight largest oil exporter. At one of the many checkpoints around the Yobe capital of Damaturu, a soldier said the number of children hawking on the streets had ballooned in recent weeks.
“As they are no longer in school, their parents send them to sell groundnuts or boiled eggs on the long queues of vehicles created by the stop-and-search,” said the soldier, who like others had removed his name tag from his uniform. “We know they are paid by the Boko Haram to spy on us.”
Mohammed, a gardener working in the economic capital of Lagos, said he had fled from his village of Dikwa, a few miles from a large Boko Haram camp. “The Boko Haram were everywhere. They collected taxes from us. They stripped one Muslim girl naked and beat her because they said she didn’t cover her ankles,” he said, looking nervous at the mention of the militants.
He said two men had turned up at his grass-roofed house in May. “They said the almajari [religious school] my son was going to was haram[forbidden] because the imam used prayer beads. They gave me all kinds of warnings. They said that I shouldn’t cross my arms when I was talking to them because crossing the arms is haram too.”
The final straw had come days later when his family were awakened by a neighbour’s wailing. “[Boko Haram] told her they took her son to their camp to fight for Allah,” Mohammed said. “They said the boy’s family is now the Boko Haram. My wife said we should leave that very day.”
At the defence ministry in the capital, Abuja, a senior official showed footage found on the mobile phones of alleged Boko Haram members. In one, a suicide bomber barely old enough to be out of primary school showed off his new sunglasses and joked in rapid slang with fellow teenage members as he got behind the wheel of a car packed with explosives. A few minutes later, his friends filmed the car blowing up outside an army barracks.
“Our structure has never been geared towards the current challenges – suicide attacks, IED attacks. These are tactics that until very recently we only saw on television, just like the US was rudely awakened by planes entering into buildings,” the official said. “It’s not just about training Nigerians how to shoot. We need to look at what terrorism will look like in 20 years from now.”
Vigilante groups armed with sticks and machetes prowl the streets of Borno and Yobe, complicating efforts to flush out the insurgents. “They want to help out but they’re also a nuisance,” said a soldier based in Borno. “They’re not professionals and they’re not trained for a job like this. They’re too many of them and it’s hard to manage them.”
“The problem is some of them have lost their loved ones during the course of the insurgency and they’re looking at vigilantism as a way to get revenge. The bad guys have been pushed out of the towns. They’re resorting to ambushes from the villages now, and that is a different kind of warfare.”
Issac Abrak contributed reporting from Yobe state
The leader of Boko Haram denies truce in related story ~PBN
Boko Haram has been blamed for thousands of deaths since it began attacking churches, schools, government offices, security forces, media houses, banks and markets in 2009. Security forces have been accused of ratcheting up the violence by killing suspects instead of arresting them and holding people indefinitely without charges.
Campbell says Boko Haram appears to have a basic criminal element as well, evidenced by regular attacks on banks.
The Nigerian government has announced successful peace talks with Boko Haram at least three times in the past year, claims that were later denied by Shekau. But Campbell says because the group is splintered, both the government and Shekau could be telling the truth.
“Possibly you could have a cease-fire with some part of it, but not other parts,” he said.
Three northern Nigerian states have been under emergency rule for two months, after President Goodluck Jonathan sent thousands of troops to fight Boko Haram. The military has claimed to have killed scores of militants, arrested hundreds and re-taken Boko Haram-occupied territories – claims that can not be independently verified because of roadblocks and shut-down mobile phone service.
University of Abuja Institute for Anti-Corruption Studies Kabir Mato says another crisis is brewing in those states. Farmers have been cut off from their fields by emergency rule and the already poor region is growing more hungry.
Mato says if Nigeria’s military does not relax the emergency rule security gains might be short lived, because poverty is driving the insurgency.
“To me that is the only way you can forestall the possibility of plunging into a deeper ocean of poverty in the next five months, in the next six months, the next one year, which again has the implication of the resurgence of more serious violence,” said Mato.
Other analysts say it is fanaticism, not poverty that has made northern Nigeria so dangerous.
In the latest video, an AK-47 rifle rests on Shekau’s shoulder as he rails against what he calls the “infidel government.” And while this leader is clearly all about ideology, it is not clear who his foot soldiers are or what their reasons are for fighting.
By Heather Murdock