27 students killed in Nigeria

By Ashlyn Lillibridge

Attackers have killed twenty-seven men near colleges in Nigeria in a second violent act on Tuesday.

The attack occurred overnight just outside Federal Polytechnic Mubi’s campus in the town Mubi in Adamawa State. Students Affairs Officer Mohammed Baba Karewa closed the school Tuesday.

“The crisis in Mubi is suspected to have been fuelled by campus politics after an election,” said Yushau Shuaib, the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency.

Out of the victims, 19 were students at Polytechnic Mubi and 3 attended a different college. Nigerian fraternities engage in gang violence in order to gain power on campus and some say the recent school election could have fueled the murders.

Others speculate the Boko Haram, a radical Islamist sect, is responsible for the violence. Some believe a note written on the gate of a female hostel warning students to evacuate campus was written by the Boka Haram.

But Adamawa State Police Spokesman Ibrahim Muhammad says, ‘‘Boko Haram (attackers) open fire sporadically, in this case, the attackers called their victims by name and left other people in the room alone. This is not the modus operandi of Boko Haram. It is the work of insiders.”

Another ambush occurred Saturday on three students in the city of Maiduguri, the location of Boko Haram’s spiritual home. Boko Haram is an extremist group that attacks mosques, churches, government, security buildings, but does not usually target students.

Boka Haram says if members of the group are released from prisons and the violence will stop.

Photo Courtesy: AP Images

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