Looks like the handiwork of Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. Unidentified gunmen massacred at least two dozen Christian university students in northern Nigeria in the city of Mubi. The attacks lasted more than an hour, with gunmen targeting students specifically by name rather than indiscriminately firing, executing them one by one.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau sitting flanked by militants
CS Monitor Suspicion fell immediately on Boko Haram, a violent Islamist organization in northern Nigeria that has typically attacked Christian churches and security forces. Student leaders, meanwhile, suggested that the killings may have been tied to internal student political campaigns. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Aside from Boko Haram’s history of bloody attacks on civilians, the very name of the group – which means “Western education is a sin” – stokes suspicion of their involvement. But even if the group is found to be involved, the purpose of such an attack would not be part of some global jihad.
Boko Haram leaders associate Western education with the elites of northern Nigeria, whom the militants see as corrupt and insufficiently Islamic, says Mr. Bottomley. Boko Haram wants northern elites, politicians, and religious figures to adopt a stricter version of sharia law and maintain the north’s identity as an Islamic region in a Christian-majority country.
The killing of the students in their off campus residence came barely a week after Nigerian security forces known as the JTF uncovered bomb factories and arrested 156 suspected terrorists in Mubi. Other items recovered from the raid, code named “Operation Restore Sanity,” were improvised explosive devices, chemicals, arms, and ammunition, over 500 dagger knives, 9 AK-47 assault rifles, locally made pistols, and rocket launchers.