Police probe student housing massacre

Nigerian police said last Wednesday that they had arrested ‘many’ suspects following a massacre at a student housing area that left at least 40 people dead, with victims shot or their throats slit, writes Aminu Abubakar for Sapa-AFP.

The raid in the early hours of Tuesday near a polytechnic university shook the town of Mubi in Nigeria's volatile northeast, where Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has carried out scores of previous attacks. Last week in Mubi, Nigeria's military conducted a high-profile raid targeting the group, killing a senior Boko Haram figure and arresting 156 suspected members.

President Goodluck Jonathan called the gruesome off-campus attack “sad and shocking” and ordered an investigation. But its motives remained unclear, with some officials suggesting it may have been linked to a recent student election.
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