Thursday, April 17, 2014

UPDATE: Police confirm 25 killed in Mubi attacks, residents insist figure higher

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The Adamawa State Police Command has confirmed that 25 people were killed when gunmen attacked a residential area in Mubi, Adamawa State, on Monday night.

The police spokesman, Ibrahim Mohammed, said 19 of the 25 killed were students of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi.

Despite the statement of the police spokesman, residents of the area insist that at least 46 bodied were recovered after the attack.

An official in the Information and Protocol Unit of the Federal Polytechnic Mubi, Mohammed Dalai, told PREMIUM TIMES that 26 students of the institution were among those killed in the attacks.

He said heavy gunshots were heard in the area between 10 and 11.00p.m.

A source at the polytechnic said six of the students killed were final year students waiting who were only waiting to defend their final projects before graduation.

Another Mubi resident, who didn’t want his name published, said over 40 male bodies were counted in the Wuro- Fatuji area, while scores of others who sustained various injuries were taken to the hospital.

“Sporadic fire, resulting from the attacks kept residents of Mubi awake all night, heightening the already pensive security situation in the area,” the resident said.

The gunmen attacked Wuro-fatuji, a residential area mainly occupied by students.

Many of the victims are believed to be male students of Federal Polytechnic, Mubi; Adamawa State University; and School of Health Technology.

Residents say they suspect that members of the dreaded insurgent group, Boko Haram, carried out the attack.

This attack comes barely a week after 156 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect were arrested in Mubi following a man-hunt on insurgents by the security operatives. The raid was carried out during a 24- hour curfew imposed on Mubi, for four days, by the Adamawa State Government.

The attack also comes a day after the Boko-Haram released a video threatening to carry more attacks.

 

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