Online Staff Report
An Islamic militant group is likely behind an early morning attack that killed 29 students at a northeast Nigerian school Tuesday.
According to officials, militants descended on the school around 2 a.m., Tuesday, setting a locked dormitory on fire. Students who tried to escape through windows had their throats cut. Others were burned alive, police spokesmen said.
All of the victims were males. Authorities say female students were ordered to leave the school, find husbands and abandon their Western education because it conflicts with Islam.
Hours before the the blaze, soldiers guarding a checkpoint near the dormitory were withdrawn from their post.
Officials said all of the buildings in the complex were burned, including six dormitories, a clinic and classrooms.
An investigation is underway into why the school was left unguarded.
“The community complained to the governor that yesterday the military were withdrawn and then the attack happened,” school spokesman Abdullahi Bego said.
As of this report, several soldiers were reportedly arrested for allegedly assisting extremists affiliated with the the group Boko Haram, a name that means “Western education is forbidden.”