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At Least 26 Killed In Attack On Nigerian College Hostel

At least 26 people, mostly students, have been killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen on a college hostel in Nigeria's north-eastern Adamawa state, media reports citing local officials said late on Tuesday.

Gunmen wearing military uniforms reportedly stormed the hostel of Mubi Polytechnic in Mubi town, and identified their victims by name before killing them by shooting or stabbing.

The killed included students from the Mubi Polytechnic and a nearby health technology school, as well as two security guards and a retired soldier.

The motive of the attack is not yet clear. Nevertheless, police did not rule out the possibility of the attack linking to a recent student union election as the attackers seemed to know their victims by name.

Some media reports speculated that the attack might have been carried out by the radical Boko Haram Islamist group. They noted that dozens of people with suspected links to the Boko were recently arrested from the town.

Notably, Nigeria's northern regions are predominantly Muslim, with the South being dominated by Christians. The Boko sect is based in the mainly Muslim north and campaigns against Western education, which it considers as anti-Islamic.

The group wants to enforce strict Islamic laws in Nigeria after overthrowing the current government. It is estimated that more than 1,400 people have been killed in Nigeria since the terror outfit began its campaign of violence in 2009.

The sect came into prominence in July 2009, when hundreds of its members were killed in fighting Nigerian security forces in the northern city of Maiduguri. The group has since claimed responsibility for bombing churches, schools, police stations, military facilities, banks, and beer parlors in northern Nigeria.

It has also claimed responsibility for the deadly car bomb attack on the U.N. building in Abuja in August, 2011 in which 23 people were killed and more than 80 wounded. It was the second of its kind in the Nigerian capital, following a suicide bomb attack that targeted the police headquarters in June 2011.

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