Islamic militants’ recent attack on a boarding school in Nigeria shows just how evil these people truly are.

The attacks on the school in the town of Potiskum were barbaric. The militants doused a dormitory in fuel and burned it as students slept. At least 30 people were killed in this cowardly attack. Teachers said dozens of children from the 1,200-student school escaped into the bush but have not been seen since. Others in the dormitory were either burned to death or shot as they tried to flee the burning building.

What kind of person or group does this to kids?

One only has to consider the source to answer that question. Nigerians are blaming the attacks on the Boko Haram, a group whose name means “Western education is sacrilege.” The group has been behind a series of recent attacks on schools in the region, including one in which gunmen opened fire on children taking exams in a classroom.

Militants like this hate the fact that children are actually trying to get an education that is broader than the tunnel vision of the world their movement represents.

Boko Haram has a long history of killing innocent people. Since 2010, it has killed more than 1,600 civilians in suicide bombings and other attacks. On July 4, gunmen associated with the group went to the home of a primary school headmaster and gunned down his entire family.

Boko Haram needs to be destroyed. It is a threat to peace, democracy, human life and the majority of those who positively represent Islam.

— The Daily News,

Bowling Green, Ky., July 11

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