The hatred for educators by Islamic extremists is well-known. It is difficult to keep people in a pre-historic mindset if they attend schools that open them up to the world and different ideas. For that reason, students and academics are routinely targeted in various Muslim countries for acid attacks, bombings, and shootings. However, even with this history, the slaughter last week in Nigeria is breathtaking. Some 50 students are dead, including some burned to death in the name of Islam by these extremists who use religion as an excuse for murder.
Many students were killed in their beds and both dormitories and classrooms were torched. Over a dozen students were injured in rural Gujba. The rest of the student body has fled — as the militants had hoped. The extremists have been fighting for the creation of an Islamic state in the area. The militants, Boko Haram, opposed any Western education is forbidden in the local Hausa language.
Islamic militants have also killed a pastor, his son and a village head and then torched the Christian church in Dorawa. These are people who demand death for anyone who insults the Prophet but have no qualms about killing priests and burning down churches.
Source: NY Times