Suspected Islamist militants stormed a college in northeastern Nigeria and shot dead around 40 male students, some of them while they slept early on Sunday, witnesses said.
The gunmen, thought to be members of rebel sect Boko Haram, attacked one hostel, took some students outside before killing them and shot others trying to flee, people at the scene told Reuters.
“They started gathering students into groups outside, then they opened fire and killed one group and then moved onto the next group and killed them. It was so terrible,” said one surviving student Idris, who would only give his first name.
Boko Haram is the Nigerian version of al Shabab, or al Qaeda, or Hezbollah, or whatever. Portions of Africa have been making great progress in recent years, but that progress is threatened by Islamic terrorism. Nigeria is by far the most populous African country, and its future cannot be a matter of indifference, even in the current isolationist climate.