Islamic militants attacked a boarding school in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 30 students and one teacher. Some of the students were burned alive in the latest school attack. The attackers set fire to buildings and shot students as they tried to flee. Parents, unable to identify the burned and hot bodies, could be heard screaming with grief.
The attack was blamed on Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist organization whose name means "Western education is sacrilege."
Boko Haram rejects all Western cultural influences like modern schooling; its goal is to revive the era when much of West Africa was ruled by Islamic empires that thrived off the trans-Saharan trade.
The attack was the deadliest of at least three on schools since the military recently launched an offensive to try to crush the group.
Dozens of children from the 1,200-student school escaped into the bushes and have not been seen since.
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