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Islamic militants’ recent attack on a boarding school in Nigeria shows just how evil these people truly are.


The attacks on the school in the town of Potiskum were barbaric. The militants doused a dormitory in fuel and burned it as students slept. At least 30 people were killed in this cowardly attack. Teachers said dozens of children from the 1,200-student school escaped into the bush but have not been seen since. Others in the dormitory were either burned to death or shot as they tried to flee the burning building.


What kind of person or group does this to kids?


One only has to consider the source to answer that question. Nigerians are blaming the attacks on the Boko Haram, a group whose name means “Western education is sacrilege.” The group has been behind a series of recent attacks on schools in the region, including one in which gunmen opened fire on children taking exams in a classroom.


Militants like this hate the fact that children are actually trying to get an education that is broader than the tunnel vision of the world their movement represents. What if it is? …


Boko Haram has a long history of killing innocent people. Since 2010, they have killed more than 1,600 civilians in suicide bombings and other attacks. On July 4, gunmen associated with the group went to the home of a primary school headmaster and gunned down his entire family.


This family and headmaster did nothing to these militants, which shows how evil they really are. The militants have also increased targeting civilians, including health workers on vaccination campaigns, traders, teachers and government workers.


Militant groups such as this are enemies everywhere they lurk.


Boko Haram needs to be destroyed. They are a threat to peace, democracy, human life and the majority of those who positively represent Islam.


— Bowling Green Daily News

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