An undated picture released on the Mubi Federal Polytechnic school website shows the entrance of the premises in Mubi in northeast Nigeria.
October 02, 2012
ABUJA — 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.