At least 26 students were shot and killed at a university in northern Nigeria, with authorities suspecting Islamist militants may be responsible.
The attack was carried out near a polytechnic school in the city of Mubi in Adamawa State, which has been recently rocked by violence carried out by Boko Haram. However, details surrounding the attack as well as the motive are still sketchy, reported the AFP news agency.
“We are not ruling out insider involvement, although we don’t know who is behind the killings yet,” Mohammed Ibrahim, a police spokesman, told the news agency. “We have opened investigations.”
Officials told the news agency that the violence may have been linked to recent student elections rather than Boko Haram, but were not sure why the attack would have been so deadly.
“The crisis in Mubi is suspected to have been fueled by campus politics after an election at the Federal Polytechnic,” National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Yushau Shuaib was quoted as saying.
Several days ago, Nigeria’s joint task torce carried out a major operation in Mubi, killing and arresting members of Boko Haram, reported Nigeria’s Osun Defender news website.
Boko Haram, which means ,“Western education is sinful” in the local Hausa language, wants to impose strict Shariah law across Nigeria. The group has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks on churches, mosques, newspaper offices, phone towers, and other targets in the country that have killed hundreds of people.
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