“POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants attacked a boarding school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Saturday, killing 29 students and one teacher. Some of the pupils were burned alive in the latest school attack blamed on a radical terror group, survivors said.
Parents screamed in anguish as they tried to identify the charred and gunshot victims.
Farmer Malam Abdullahi found the bodies of two of his sons, a 10-year-old shot in the back as he apparently tried to run away, and a 12-year-old shot in the chest.
‘That’s it, I’m taking my other boys out of school,’ he told The Associated Press as he wept over the two corpses. He said he had three younger children in a nearby school.
‘It’s not safe,’ he said. ‘The gunmen are attacking schools and there is no protection for students despite all the soldiers.’