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    Students Among the Dead in Attack on Nigerian School

    An undated picture released on the Mubi Federal Polytechnic school website shows the entrance of the premises in Mubi in northeast Nigeria.
    An undated picture released on the Mubi Federal Polytechnic school website shows the entrance of the premises in Mubi in northeast Nigeria.
    Heather Murdock
    At least 25 people were killed late Monday in what appears to be a systematic slaughter in Adamawa State in northern Nigeria.  Locals say the victims, mostly college students, were individually questioned before being attacked.

    The day after the killing spree, this student at the Federal Polytechnic College in the town of Mubi, who doesn’t want to be named, says students are fleeing the area, at least those that can find a car or a bus. 

    On a crackly line from Mubi he says gunshots could be heard around 10 o'clock Monday night and continued for three hours until it started to rain.

    He says the assailants went from house to house, in a student residential area, asking questions and killing those who gave the wrong answer.  Students were asked about their religion, he says. However, not everyone agrees with that account.

    Another student told a VOA reporter the killers were asking about politics, the day after student elections. 

    Daniel Babayi, the executive secretary of the Northern States Christian Association of Nigeria, says he believes the killings were a reprisal attack after 156 people were arrested and accused of being members of the Islamist militant group known as Boko Haram late last month.

    The only thing witnesses agree upon entirely is how the victims were killed.  Babayi says family members called him to describe the carnage. “Some were actually slaughtered with knives.  And some were shot.  So that is the reports that I have received from some of the students, some of whom are my relatives," he said.

    The attack came on the evening of Nigeria’s Independence Day, on which President Goodluck Jonathan said the nation had "refused to be broken by sectarian crises."

    On the same day, Boko Haram released a Youtube video denying the group was engaged in peace talks with the government and denying reports that the group’s spokesperson had been killed by the military. 

    Boko Haram has been blamed for 1,400 deaths in the past three years through attacks on churches, schools, security forces, the government, the media and communications networks.  Sectarian violence has claimed the lives of thousands of Nigerians in the past decade. 

    Police say the Federal Polytechnic College at Mubi will be closed indefinitely. 

    Abdulkareem Haruna contributed to this report from Maiduguri.  Ibrahima Yakubu contributed to this report from Kaduna.  Ardo Hazzad contributed to this report from Bauchi. 

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    by: gro from: USA
    October 03, 2012 3:08 AM
    Hopefully there is a "reformation" beginning to take hold in Islam.
    There are millions of truly good and progressive Muslim people. Unfortunately, so much of the "old guard" Islamists propogate a dogma that is inclined against individual freedom, while sucking in the gullible and uneducated youth, many of whom are also at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, and ripe fodder for the terrorist leadership. A "strict" Islamist interpretation of the Koran and early Islamist teachings are higly counterintuitive to a democratic republic as we have in America. According to fundamental Islamic teaching, there can be no separation of church and state. I believe that there are movements underfoot in Islam to do just that, but in the short term, the hard core Islamist will continue to sabotage that movement, as is happening in Egypt, Syria, Libia, Iraq, Iran and elsewhere. Hopefully, Muslims in America will adapt to the American way of life, as most religious and/or non-religious people have done during its history.

    by: Mustafah Akhlani from: Jordan
    October 02, 2012 11:10 PM
    hey the despicable degenerates who committed this atrocities are called "unidentified" well, could they be rabbinical students??? or maybe Catholic seminarians...??? maybe Nuns??? No,? you don't think so...? not Jews nor Christians... hemmm... maybe Hindus??? No???

    by: Nick from: San Diego
    October 02, 2012 9:07 PM
    I wonder if the psychology of the people involved in muslim events like this is similar to those of the Christians during the crusades? History leaves so much to be desired. However, I am sorry that anyone has to deal with such nonsensical actions. Maybe one day humans will move past fear and blind allegiance.

    by: HaGo
    October 02, 2012 5:11 PM
    This article is a total whitewash. Not until the middle of the article does it begin to tell us, and then only by vague hints, that these attacks were carried out by a Muslim radical group.

    Why is the press so afraid to acknowledge the obvious? Do we really need the press to aid and abet these people by failing to report accurately on them in order not to "offend" someone somewhere?

    Do we really have a competent, free press left in the civilized world?

    by: ali baba from: new york
    October 02, 2012 4:40 PM
    there is no doubts in my mind that islam is a violent religion. if muslim want to be respected in the civilized world,they have to stop violence aganist innocent.thank god for saudi and rich arab countries who took our money from oil export and use portion of that money for terrorism

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    October 02, 2012 1:49 PM
    Another bomb anywhere in the country is not a surprise. The government of Nigeria has not determined to stop it. IGP Abubakar will not and cannot stop it.The government of Nigeria knows this and yet insists on having him as the IGP to tackle boko haram. Corrupt government officials swell their accounts from the security budget created to tackle boko haram, and they are the mentors of the terrorists who act according to their instructions. When they want money they send the terrorists on a mission to excite the government to pay.

    It's a rip off. Abubakar makes it double for himself using the strategy also to stem the drift of muslim students who convert to Christianity in their hundreds after becoming disillusioned at the teachings of their former religion. The Jos Crisis Inquiry recommendation clearly vindicates this position that Abubakar is capable of running with the hare and hunting with the hound. Let's take a cue from the quelling of the Maitatsin saga of 1982; change Abubakar, send a Christian military man into the mission and get result within days.

    by: Cfunk from: Vancouver
    October 02, 2012 1:42 PM
    I agree with the other posts. We're sick of this hateful crap. Join the civilized human race, Islam, or get the hell off our planet.

    by: frugal farmer from: usa
    October 02, 2012 1:03 PM
    But, it's "the religion of peace."

    And yet some of you wonder why we Americans don't want this cr@p in our country. You demand inclusion in civilized society, then behave like retarded children on crak.
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    by: Hey now
    October 02, 2012 9:01 PM
    C'mon, it's not all Muslims, is it? No. Not even close. Some people use religion for all sorts of hateful purposes - all religions. But you can't write off billions of people based on the actions of ... how many in this case, 50 or so?

    Emotion can mess with your perception. Think clearly.

    by: Jesse from: Pittsburgh
    October 02, 2012 12:54 PM
    "Western Education is Sinful" but slaughtering innocent men, women and children... that's ok.
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    by: Bartski from: Vancouver
    October 02, 2012 11:38 PM
    The 14 minute trailer from an apparent amateurish & insulting video by a loser in California is reason for thousands to protest violently around the world but the murders of widely respected American diplomatic staff including an ambassador & the slaughtering of innocent men, women & children......that's ok.Good point, Jesse.

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