Unidentified gunmen kill 26 in Nigeria attack, student among the dead

Wednesday, October 03, 2012
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Abuja, Nigeria: At least 26 people were killed and several others injured late Monday when group of unknown gunmen wearing military uniform attacked a hostel in the north-eastern town of Mubi, Nigerian police officials said.

Media reports have claimed that assailants have shot and stabbed to death the students mostly of them were college students who were individually questioned before being attacked.

Earlier attackers invaded the student accommodation located near the Federal Polytechnic Mubi campus.

Both Christian and Muslim students were amongst those killed. In response local law enforcement officials have imposed a curfew in the town, and have ordered residence to stay indoors. 

The latest round of killings comes a day after the Nigerian military conducted a major operation against the militant group Boko Haram in the town, located in Adamawa state.

Police say early signs indicate that the militant group was responsible for the latest attacks; however Boko Haram is yet to comment on the killings in Mubi.

Boko Haram, who name literally translates as, “Western education in forbidden”, was founded in 2002 and has carried out a series of killings and attacks in the countries northern and central regions since 2009.

The group has attacked churches, schools, government building, police stations, rival Mosques and public areas killing hundreds of people.
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