Over the weekend, an attack on a school in Nigeria left 22 children dead and four more critically injured, according to the BBC. The shooting, on par with December’s Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut, took place in a country where possession of firearms is limited to licensed individuals only. All “assault weapons” as well as handguns are banned, and all sales require a background check and registration of the firearm . . .
Secondary schools have been ordered closed across Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Yobe after a massacre in which suspected Islamist extremists killed 22 students and torched their school.
Yobe Governor Ibrahim Gaidam condemned as “cold-blooded murder” Saturday’s attack on the Mamudo boarding school.
Nigeria blamed Islamist militant group Boko Haram – which targeted two schools in the region in June – for the attack.
The group’s name translates as “Western education is forbidden”.
This is the same area of the country in which a state of emergency was recently declared, and where troops have been deployed to keep the peace. So to speak.