Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect yesterday killed 29 students and an English language teacher during an attack on a boarding school in Mamudo, Yobe State. The gunmen attacked the Government Secondary School while the students were asleep and started shooting sporadically.
President Goodluck Jonathan described the killings as wicked, horrific and barbaric, saying any person who targets innocent children as a result of emotional dysfunction will certainly burn in hell. Eyewitnesses and other students who survived the attack said the gunmen gathered the students, put them in one of the hostel rooms, threw explosives and opened fire, killing at least 29 students and wounding others. Some victims had their body parts blown off, some were badly burnt, while others had only gun shot wounds.
Following the violent attack, the Governor of Yobe State, ordered all secondary schools in the state to be shut down until September. This killing is the third attack on secondary school students in less than a month. On June 16, suspected members of Boko Haram killed seven students of a secondary school in Damaturu, then the next day, June 17, nine students sitting for an exam at a Secondary School in Jajeri ward in Maiduguri, Borno State were killed. RIP to the young ones we have lost.