The Mamudo government school, charred and smelling of scorched bodies, after 22 students and a headmaster were murdered there on July 6. (Nigeria News)
Nigerian Islamists stripped boarding school students naked. Then the killers lined the children up on the ground, shot them dead and torched their bodies.
They crept up to the school under cover of darkness, armed with petrol and automatic weapons.
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Most of the teachers and pupils had fled, but some students, one teacher and headmaster Adanu Haruna were still in the compound, one of many rural boarding schools in Nigeria surrounded by forest and farmland.
“They made the students line up and strip naked, then they made the ones with pubic hair lie face down on the ground,” Haruna said, eyes wide with horror at describing the attack on the iron-roofed school built by British colonizers in the 1950s.
“They shot them point blank then set the bodies on fire.”
The Mamudo government school, charred and smelling of scorched blood after 22 students and a teacher were killed there in the July 6 attack near Potiskum in Nigeria’s northeast, was the fourth to be targeted by suspected Boko Haram militants in less than a month.