At least 48 people were killed and 79 wounded in an Islamic suicide bombing outside a school in northern Nigeria. The attacker was disguised as a student when he set off the explosion in a government boarding school in the town of Potiskum. “We suspect Boko Haram is behind the attack,” said police spokesman.
CNN The explosion took place at 7:50 a.m. local time outside the principal’s office, where students had gathered for a daily speech. “We were waiting for our teachers to come and address us at the assembly ground when we heard a huge explosion,” student Adamu Ibrahim said.
Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, Boko Haram is the prime suspect. The radical Islamic militant group has carried out deadly attacks on schools teaching Western curriculum. Boko Haram means ‘Western Education is Sin.’
In February, Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 40 students when they opened fire and threw explosives in student hostels in a government boarding school in the town of Buni Yadi, in Yobe state. And last year, 42 students were killed when Boko Haram gunmen attacked dormitories with guns and explosives in a government boarding school near Potiskum.
The group’s five-year insurgency is aimed at establishing an Islamic state just like their brothers in ISIS.
This disturbing video (actual beheading part is blurred) has surfaced showing how some members of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, decapitated a Nigerian Air Force officer in Borno State and paraded his head in a jubilant display.
The victim, who was extensively interrogated before his gruesome killing, identified himself as Umar Abubakar, disclosing that he was a member of Section 9 of the Nigerian armed forces engaged in counter-insurgency measures against Boko Haram. In the video clip, the insurgents asked their victim to state his monthly pay to which he replied N40,000. The insurgents displayed their victim’s identity card, chanting that the world should know that Allah had given them an enemy.
“So you were sent to kill Boko Haram? And you are serving the state instead of Allah? We are members of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad and Allah has given us an infidel today,” one of the Islamist sect’s leaders said in the video.
Thinking that reprieve would come his way, the captured military operative proclaimed himself a Muslim of Jama’atu Izalal extraction, but the insurgents, who spoke Hausa mixed with Kanuri, dismissed his plea. Their leader said: “No amount of prayers will save you, we will judge you according to the Quran.”
To the chants of “Allahu Akbar” the insurgents decapitated the hapless officer. After beheading their victim, the terrorists held up his severed head in jubilation as one of them used a mobile phone to film the gory scene. The victim’s headless body can be seen on the ground in a pool of blood, his hands tied with a rope.