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Students Among the Dead in Attack on Nigerian School

October 02, 2012

by VOA News

Gunmen killed at least 25 people at a student housing area in northeastern Nigeria late Monday, officials said.

The attack took place at Federal Polytechnic College in the town of Mubi. Police spokesman Mohammed Ibrahim, in the city of Bauchi, said the dead include 19 Polytechnic students.

The radical Islamist group known as Boko Haram has carried out many deadly shootings and bombings in Nigeria's northeast. But authorities said the motive behind the Mubi attack is not known.

A spokesman for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, Yushau Shuaib, said the incident may have been fueled by "campus politics" following a student election.

Shuaib said people injured in the attack have been taken to local hospitals, and that a state of "normalcy" had been restored.

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