More bad things happened

16 killed in atrocious attack on university church service

They attacked an auditorium used for church services on a Sunday morning with hand-tossed bombs and were in position to shoot those who tried to escape. Makes me ill.

For those who aren’t yet familiar, Boko Haram is the name of an indigenous violent group who’s name means “western education is forbidden”. They’ve been active for years but have really ramped things up in the last 18 months or so. They’ve developed ties with Al Qaeda and are responsible for a huge variety of attacks including a fish bar/restaurant, National Police HQ, the UN, a bunch of churches over the Christmas/New Year holiday, a huge assault basically on the city of Kano that killed 185, simultaneous attacks on one of the largest national daily papers last week and now this.

I don’t really know a whole lot about the group. Their roots are in the basic (poor) (undeveloped) (Muslim) North vs (oil rich) (politically represented) (Christian) south. There is no reason to think that this kind of thing is going to end any time soon, alas.

Sympathies and encouragement to the people of Nigeria. Don’t give up hope and efforts to continue to improve this country, which has so much potential.

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