Sunday, September 29, 2013

Terrorists Spread Fear with Brutality

Those who watch events are all aware that the world is a cold and brutal place.  But a couple of recent high profile events seem to have moved the line of cold hearted viciousness.  

The first is the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya by Islamic militants, al-Shabaab.  First because it is a shopping mall, not a government or military installation.  But now the details are coming out about what happened to the victims in the mall.  They were not merely killed.  The al-Shabaab militants found it necessary to torture their victim in hideous ways.  They cut or tore off their victims body parts with pliers and skewered babies on knives.  You can read the details here.  They are graphic and disturbing.

Then just this morning in Nigeria, Islamic militants with Boko Haram attacked a small agricultural school in the town of Gujba in the Yobe state.  They came into a dormitory around 1:00 am. while most of the students were sleeping.  They rounded the students up and murdered them.  There are reports that as many as 50 students were killed.

The targets in both of these incidents were not military, political or religious in nature.  And in both incidents, the killings were particularly cold and brutal.  They seem to be planned to spread fear among people who are non-combatants doing ordinary things, in these cases, shopping and sleeping.  The high profile nature of the incidents is meant for people to see the vicious and random nature of these crimes and fear that the same thing could happen to anyone.

This video contains graphic images.

Nigeria Gujba Attack ~ Militants kill 50 students in college September 09 29 2013

Boko Haram suspected in mass murder of students

Suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram shot dead dozens of students, some of them while they slept, at a college in northeastern Nigeria in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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.

“They came with guns around 1 a.m. (2400 GMT) and went directly to the male hostel and opened fire on them ... The college is in the bush so the other students were running around helplessly as guns went off and some of them were shot down,” said Ahmed Gujunba, a taxi driver who lives by the college.

Boko Haram, which wants to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has intensified attacks on civilians in recent weeks in revenge for a military offensive against its insurgency.

Several schools, seen as the focus of Western-style education and culture, have been targeted.

Boko Haram and spin-off Islamist groups like the al Qaeda-linked Ansaru have become the biggest security threat in Africa’s second largest economy and top oil exporter.

Western governments are increasingly worried about the threat posed by Islamist groups across Africa, from Mali and Algeria in the Sahara, to Kenya in the east, where Somalia’s al-Shabaab fighters killed at least 67 people in an attack on a Nairobi shopping mall a week ago.

Bodies were recovered from dormitories, classrooms and outside in the undergrowth on Sunday, a member of staff at the college told Reuters, asking not to be named.

A Reuters witness counted 40 bloody corpses piled on the floor at the main hospital in Yobe state capital Damaturu on Sunday, mostly of young men believed to be students.

The bodies were brought from the college, which is in Gujba, a rural area 30 miles (50km) south of Damaturu and around 130 miles from Nigerian borders with Cameroon and Niger.

State police commissioner Sanusi Rufai said he suspected Boko Haram was behind the attack but gave no details.