Recent Boko Haram bomb attack targets school children and highlights education for both genders in danger
Boko Haram is targeting everybody be it young, be it old be, it Christian, be it Muslim. The group does not discriminate. Every body, every living thing, every building, wherever they go they destroy everything.Sam Olukoya, Nigerian freelance journalist
So far, no one has taken responsibility for yesterday's brutal attack, but Nigerian authorities have few doubts. The Islamist group Boko Haram captured international notoriety last April when it kidnapped 276 school-aged girls. That prompted an international campaign organized around #BringBackOurGirls. Even U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted her support.
But seven months later, the girls are still being held captive, Boko Haram is expanding its control over a swath of territory across Northern Nigeria and it appears to be targeting school-aged boys with equal ruthlessness.
Will Ross is the BBC's Nigeria Correspondent and he was in Lagos, Nigeria.
Rachel Daniel, holds up a picture of her abducted daughter Rose Daniel, 17, as her son Bukar, sits beside her at her home in Maiduguri. (Reuters/Joe Penney).
In the Western media, the conflict with Boko Haram has been framed almost entirely by the kidnapping of more than 270 girls last spring and the Bring Back our Girls campaign that grew out of that.
But Beenish Ahmed says there are real problems with looking at the story through that lens. She is a reporter with Think Progress and she was in our Washington studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino, Sarah Grant and Pacinthe Mattar.
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