27 studenter ble drept på Mobi college i Maiduguri i det nordøstlige Nigeria natt til tirsdag, det andre angrepet på kort tid. Mistanken faller på Boko Haram, selv om muligheten for gjenger blant studenter som ordner opp med vold også er til stede.

Twenty-seven students were killed, forcing the school to close Tuesday, said Aiso, citing information from the school’s Students Affairs officer Mohammed Baba Karewa. The Associated Press could not immediately reach Karewa for comment.

Adamawa state police spokesman Ibrahim Muhammad said 25 men were killed: 19 students of Federal Polytechnic Mubi, three students of another college, an ex-soldier, a security guard and an elderly man.

At Boko Haram er i stand til slik vold er det ingen som tviler på. Boko Haram har den siste tiden erklært mobilmaster krig. Nigeria er et land som er helt avhengig av mobilnettet, ødeleggelsene har derfor store konsekvenser.

The extremist sect claimed responsibility last month for the destruction of more than 30 phone towers across Nigeria’s north, including Maiduguri and Mubi. Those attacks left at least two dead people in Mubi, police said, and created communications chaos in a nation that relies on mobile phones.

Boko Haram’s deadly campaign has targeted mosques, churches, schools, government buildings and, more recently, phone masts worth millions of dollars, but targeting students and killing them so brutally would be new for the sect.

Boko Haram’s name means «Western education is sacrilege» in Hausa, and the group has been blamed for killing more than 690 people this year alone, according to an AP count. The group wants the federal government to release its imprisoned members and implement strict Shariah law across Nigeria, which is largely divided into a Christian south and a Muslim north.