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Boko Haram Takes A Break From Kidnapping Girls To Blow Up 47 Boys

Boys School Nigeria Bombing

At least 47 students have been killed by a suicide bomber during a school assembly at Government Comprehensive Senior Science Secondary School, a boys’ science and technical school in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Potiskum.

Police say terrorist group Boko Haram is believed to be responsible for the attack, which was reportedly carried out by a suicide bomber disguised in a school uniform. Well, it’s nice to see they’ve taken a short break from kidnapping schoolgirls and selling them as child brides, but this isn’t much better.

The explosion ripped through the assembly hall at the Government Science Secondary School.

“The students had gathered for the morning assembly when something exploded in their midst with a thunderous sound at exactly 7:50 a.m.,” a teacher at the school told the BBC.

Witnesses report seeing mutilated bodies of students at the scene. A local resident described “a mass of abandoned footwear and blood,” AFP reported. Parents were seen wailing at the sight of their children’s bodies at the hospital.

Boko Haram, who is clearly trying to outdo ISIS in terms of evilness, has been known to target schools during their deadly five-year insurgency aimed at establishing an Islamic state. The terrorist group is against any form of Western education, believing girls should not attend school at all and boys should only receive an Islamic education. Makes sense. The more education these children receive, the less likely they’ll agree that murdering a bunch of kids in the name of religion who are too young to even fully understand religion is a reasonable and well-thought out plan.

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Boko Haram Agrees to ‘Bring Our Girls Back’…. Then Abducts 60 More

Boko Haram Girls

Time to rev up those hashtags! Shortly after a ceasefire was announced with Boko Haram, the terrorist group abducted 60 more women and girls.

Two weeks ago, Nigeria briefly celebrated the announcement that the 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram would be freed, but the parents of the missing girls (along with the rest of Nigeria) remained skeptical. Especially after Boko Haram breached the ceasefire, killing dozens of people in five attacks over the weekend…

“We were jubilating. We had every reason to be happy,” said Lawan Abana, one of the parents of the missing girls. “But since then the ceasefire has been broken in quite a number of places already.”

“Can we trust him that he can deliver on this promise of releasing the girls when he has not delivered on the promise of the ceasefire?,” Abana asked, referring to Danladi Ahmadu, a previously unknown man who calls himself the secretary general of Boko Haram.

Turns out the parents had good reason to be skeptical of government claims of a truce with the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Now sixty more women and girls have been kidnapped from two towns in north-east Nigeria. Residents in the town of Wagga said that suspected Islamist gunmen had gone door-to-door looking for young women and girls and abducted 40 of them. Witnesses in nearby Gwarta also reported a kidnapping involving another 20 female victims.

Lazarus Baushe, an elder of the Wagga community, said: “They left 1,500 naira (£5.67) and some kola nuts in each home where they seized a woman, apparently as a bride price.”

But on a more positive note, Ebola is now the least of Nigeria’s problems.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Boko Haram Havoc

Current EVent Cat - Boko Haram

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is in desperate need of good luck these days because Boko Haram is wreaking some serious havoc on his country.

On Tuesday twin car bombs exploded in a market in the central Nigerian city of Jos, killing at least 118 people. More bodies may be uncovered once the rubble from the targeted building (a crowded market and a hospital) is cleared away.

Goodluck Jonathan said those behind the terrorist attack were “cruel and evil”.

Cruel and evil, you say? All signs point to Boko Haram, the Islamist group who kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls last month.

But a double bombing wasn’t enough for Boko Haram. The next day the militant Islamists attacked another village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing more than 25 people and burning nearly all the homes to the ground. Two other villages were raided earlier this week in north-east Nigeria, killing 27 people.

Yeah, Goodluck Jonathan really needs some good luck. Maybe he should try killing an albino and using their body parts as good luck charms? And if that doesn’t work, maybe sending in 80 US Marines will.

President Obama announced on Wednesday that he is deploying 80 Marines to Chad to look for nearly 300 missing Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram.

“These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area,” Obama said.

“The force will remain in Chad until its support in resolving the kidnapping situation is no longer required.”

Well, 80 troops will probably do more than a hashtag, and will certainly do more than the Nigerian government.

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The Boko Haram Saga Continues While Ann Coulter Mocks Nigerian #BringBackOurGirls Campaign

Kidnapped Girls NIgeria Boko Haram

The Nigerian government is no closer to bringing back the 200 plus schoolgirls who were abducted last month by the militant Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.

In a video released Monday, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said he would consider returning the girls in a swap for jailed Islamic militants.

“For those who have not accepted Islam, I swear to Allah we will never release them until after you release our brethren in your prison, ” Shekau declared.

While the Nigerian government had previously said all options were on the table to rescue the kidnapped girls, what they really meant was all options are on the table except for that one…

“As far as this government is concerned, the option of [the] swap of innocent citizens with people who have taken arms against the country… is not on the table,” Nigerian Interior Minister Abba Moro said Monday.

Since President Goodluck Jonathan and his crew seem to be taking the slow route, villagers in Nigeria are taking security into their own hands. Locals in Nigeria’s northern states have been forming vigilante groups in various areas to resist the armed group. Three villages near Boko Haram territory repelled an attack by the rebels on Tuesday, killing an estimated 200 militants.

Meanwhile, over in the US, Michelle Obama participated in the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign, which began as a way to call attention to the nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian girls.

#BringBackOurGirls Obama

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter, who was obviously trolling for attention, quickly posted her own iteration of the hashtag, mocking everyone who participated in the social media campaign.

Ann Coulter Hashtag

I wonder if Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau would consider returning the girls in exchange for Ann Coulter? That might be a solution that even President Goodluck can get onboard with.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Boko Haram Kidnappings

Current Event Cat of the Day - Boko Haram

Boko Haram keeps the kidnappings coming! Gunmen from the Islamic extremist group, who abducted 276 Nigerian girls last month, have added eight more to the mix.

The latest kidnappings happened on Sunday night in the village of Warabe, Nigeria. Boko Haram gunmen shot their way into the village, grabbed eight girls between the ages of 12 to 15 and, to add insult to injury, stole some livestock along the way.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has said via video that he plans to sell the hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian girls in the market… most likely the black market.

“I abducted your girls,” he said. “I will sell them in the market, by Allah.”

His reasoning? Education bad, child brides good.

“I abducted a girl at a Western education school and you are disturbed. I said Western education should end. Western education should end. Girls, you should go and get married,” Shekau said in the 57 minute video.

“I will repeat this: Western education should fold up. I abducted your girls.”

Got it. Western education is a sin but armed abduction and sex slavery is totally acceptable.

Three weeks ago, 276 girls were abducted from their boarding school after Boko Haram gunmen stormed their dormitories. 50 or so managed to escape the militants, but among those who didn’t, some have already been sold as child brides in Chad and Cameroon – some for as little as $12.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration have been under mounting pressure to act since the girls were taken, but he seems to have dropped the ball on this one. Goodluck has publicly promised to find the girls, but Nigerians are angry over the perceived slowness in rescuing the school children.

Since President Goodluck doesn’t seem to the doing much and Liam Neeson is too busy filming Taken 3, the U.S. decided to offer some assistance. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday he’s offered to send FBI agents into Nigeria to aid in the rescue of the more than 200 girls being held hostage by terror group. US Secretary of State John Kerry backed him up, vowing that Washington would do “everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes.”

Meanwhile, President Goodluck’s wife, Patience, has been doing her part by arresting the woman leading the protests over the abduction and the government’s ineffectual response. The First Lady, a politically powerful figure in Nigeria, ordered police to detain Naomi Mutah, a representative of the Chibok community where the girls were seized from their school, after she organized a protest outside parliament. How dare someone expect the government help them rescue their kidnapped children from a dangerous terrorist group in a timely manner! The Nigerian government has better things to do with the time! Like thinking of new, creative ways to vilify homosexuals…

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Nigerian Child Bride Poisons Her Groom

Child Bride

A 14-year-old child bride in the northern Nigerian state of Kano had two choices: stay married to the 35-year-old stranger her father forced her to marry and likely be subjected to a lifetime of abuse OR kill him by concealing rat poison in his food. Spoiler alert: She chose the rat poison.

The child bride, Wasilu Umar, admitted to killing her husband and three of his friends with a meal laced with rat poison.

The 14-year-old was married last week to 35-year-old Umaru Sani. The groom was quite pleased with the nuptials and invited a dozen friends to celebrate at his Ungwar Yansoro village. The bride, however, was not so pleased with the idea of marrying a man twice her age. The teenager told police she bought rat poison at a village market and used it to prepare a dish of rice. The groom and his friend died that same day while two other of his buddies died later on in the hospital.

“The suspect confessed to committing the crime and said she did it because she was forced to marry a man she did not love,” assistant superintendent Musa Magaji Majia told The Associated Press.

Well good for her! And given that childbirth and complications in pregnancy are the leading cause of death among teenage girls worldwide, she may have ended up saving her own life. But I doubt that the court will see it that way… The child bride is likely to be tried in a juvenile court and charged with culpable homicide.

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The Whole World Mourns Nelson Mandela… Even Paris Hilton. And Other News…

Paris Hilton Tweet

As South Africans gather in Johannesburg and Soweto to mourn their former leader, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at age 95, there is one person who is taking the news especially hard: Paris Hilton.

But Paris isn’t upset about his death. No, Paris is upset about the bad publicity. As the news of Nelson Mandela’s death hit the internet, a fake Paris Hilton tweet eulogized Mandela, saying, “RIP Nelson Mandela. Your ‘I Have A Dream’ speech was so inspiring. Amazing man.” It was obviously a fake tweet – and not just because Paris refuted it by tweeting “Whoever made that stupid fake tweet lacks respect to the loss the world is mourning right now. Same goes for all the blogs who ran with it,” but because she obviously had no idea Nelson Mandela died until it became about her. On second thought, Paris was probably thrilled about the bad publicity. After all publicity is good publicity – especially for 32 year-old socialite has-beens. US Magazine

Dick CheneyRemember that time Dick Cheney called Nelson Mandela a terrorist? In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s passing, it’s been pointed out that Dick Cheney doesn’t regret his 1986 decision to vote against freeing the anti-apartheid leader. At the time, the US congress put together the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act, a bill that called for tough sanctions and travel restrictions on the South Africa and its leaders, as well as the release of political prisoners like Mandela, then leader of the African National Congress (ANC). Although the measure passed with bipartisan support, both Ronald Reagan and his pal Dick Cheney voted against it, calling the ANC a “terrorist organization.” In 2000, Cheney reaffirmed his decision, saying, “The ANC was then viewed as a terrorist organization. I don’t have any problems at all with the vote I cast 20 years ago.” Well, I know someone who won’t be accompanying President Obama and Michelle to South Africa for a certain funeral…. Huffington Post

North Korea CampsIn not surprising North Korean news, Amnesty International has released a series of satellite images showing North Korea’s large-scale network of labor camps – also known as torture factories. Although North Korea denies the existence of these political prison camps, the photos suggest that the inmate population is expanding even as tens of thousands are reportedly starved, raped, tortured, and even killed. “For Amnesty International, which has been investigating human rights violations for the last 50 years, we find North Korea to be in a category of its own,” said Amnesty’s East Asia researcher Rajiv Narayan, “The gruesome reality of North Korea’s continued investment in this vast network of repression has been exposed.” I wonder if any of the photos managed to capture Uncle Chang Song-thaek, Kim Jong-un’s powerful uncle who was recently “dismissed” from his post at the helm of North Korea’s military… Business Insider

Pee in a cupAmericans want everyone to pee in a cup. Welfare recipients, politicians, hospital patients – everyone. According to a Huffington Post poll, 64 percent of Americans are in favour of requiring welfare recipients to submit to random drug testing – a policy Republicans have been pushing for years. But what Americans love even more than forcing someone who makes $7.25 an hour to urinate in a cup to prove they’re not on drugs, is forcing members of Congress to pee in a cup. 78 percent say they support drug testing for congressional lawmakers. There goes the cocaine market in D.C… Huffington Post

NIgerian Man in BoatA Nigerian man survived three days at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean after his tugboat sank to the bottom. The cook survived by breathing an ever-dwindling supply of oxygen in an air pocket and living off of one bottle of coke. As the temperature dropped to below zero, the cook, dressed only in his boxers, thought he was a goner. And he was – until a diver searching the wreck saw a hand. Assuming it was another corpse (they had already pulled out four bodies), the diver grabbed it and got the shock of his life. “When he went to grab the hand, the hand grabbed him!” said Tony Walker, project manager for the Dutch company DCN Diving. The rescue happened back in May but the video just went viral. NY Post

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Nigeria’s Fashion Police Launch a Crackdown

Crackdown in Kano

Police who enforce Islamic law in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano have launched a immorality crackdown, arresting 150 people this past week for dressing indecently.

What makes someone a candidate for What Not to Wear in the eyes of Nigeria’s fashion police? Many things!  Police picked up people who sported hairstyles inspired by football players, while others were thrown in jail for wearing their pants too low on their waists. What sluts!

The Kano crackdown is in response to state Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s recent order to cleanse the city of immoral practices.

“We have arrested 150 men and women in the past week, including prostitutes and their boyfriends, transvestites, alcoholics and those engaged in indecent dressing in contravention of the sharia legal code,” Mohammed Yusuf Yola, the spokesman for Kano’s sharia police, or Hisbah, told AFP.

“Those arrested include Muslims and non-Muslims and we treat them equally because this is about morality,” he said.

The crackdown is expected to last a few more weeks, so northern Nigerians should either pull up their pants or pony up the $63 fine to be released from jail. As for those who cannot afford the hefty fine (by Nigerian standards), well, they’ll just have to stay in jail…. possibly forever.

Via: AFP

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