Nothing to see here, move along
Whenever possible the American media ignores
Islamic terrorism in favor of "news" about
Hollywood celebrities or meaningless filler stories.
Again and again I find myself going to the foreign media to find news stories that really matter.
The American media covered the butcher's bath in Kenya almost against their will because the entire world was already reporting on it. At the same time as Kenya some 81 Christians were slaughtered in Pakistan with next to zero American news coverage.
Now we have Islamist gunmen slaughtering non-Muslims at a college in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 78 students. Don't expect to see anything meaningful on your evening news broadcast.
The students were shot dead as they slept in their dormitory at the College of Agriculture in Yobe state.
North-eastern Nigeria is under a state of emergency amid an Islamist insurgency by the Boko Haram group.
Boko Haram is fighting to overthrow Nigeria's government to create an Islamic state, and has launched a number of attacks on schools reports BBC News.
UPDATE - The latest update. Local reports suggested as many as 78 students were slaughtered, and scores are still missing.
Most of the students, who were sleeping in their dormitory when the attack took place, were aged between 18 and 22.
The gunmen began their ambush on the students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, at about midnight and the assault continued until the early hours of 29 September.
Initially, the students were killed with swords and knives. However, once the students began to flee, the militants opened fire. Some of the retrieved bodies had been decapitated.
"They started gathering students into groups outside, then they opened fire and killed one group and then moved onto the next group and killed them. It was so terrible," Idris, a surviving student, told Reuters.
Ahmed Gujunba, another resident in the locality said, "They came with guns around 1am [12pm GMT] and went directly to the male hostel and opened fire on them ... The college is in the bush so the other students were running around helplessly as guns went off and some of them were shot down."
Casualty figures from the latest attack vary, but a local politician told the BBC that around 50 students had been killed.
The politician said two vanloads of bodies had been taken to a hospital in Yobe's state capital, Damaturu.
A witness quoted by Reuters news agency counted 40 bodies at the hospital, mostly those of young men believed to be students.
College provost Molima Idi Mato, speaking to Associated Press, also said the number of dead could be as high as 50, adding that security forces were still recovering the bodies and that about 1,000 students had fled the campus.
A Nigerian military source told AP that soldiers had collected 42 bodies.
The gunmen also set fire to classrooms, a military spokesman in Yobe state, Lazarus Eli, told Agence France-Presse.
The college is in the rural Gujba district.
In May, President Goodluck Jonathan ordered an operation against Boko Haram, and a state of emergency was declared for the north-east on 14 May.
Many of the Islamist militants left their bases in the north-east and violence initially fell, but revenge attacks quickly followed.
In June, Boko Haram carried out two attacks on schools in the region.
At least nine children were killed in a school on the outskirts of Maiduguri, while 13 students and teachers were killed in a school in Damaturu.
In July in the village of Mamudo in Yobe state, Islamist militants attacked a school's dormitories with guns and explosives, killing at least 42 people, mostly students.
Boko Haram regards schools as a symbol of Western culture. The group's name translates as "Western education is forbidden".
|Islamists regularly target schools in Yobe, such as this one in Mamudo.|
|The Religion of Peace Slaughters Again.|
Islamic terrorists Boko Haram have launched another wave of attacks in Nigeria, killing 23 people who they deemed to have been breaking Sharia Law.