Professor, child killed in two suicide attacks in Nigeria's University of Maiduguri

January 17, 2017

A professor at the University of Maiduguri and a child were killed and 17 people wounded on Monday in a twin suicide bombing in the city in Nigeria's northeast, officials said.


The blast happened on Monday at a mosque in the staff quarters area of the University of Maiduguri, and is thought to have been carried out by a teenage girl, AFP news agency reported.


Islamist group Boko Haram, which has used young women and girls as human bombs, claimed responsibility for the attack. In an audio recording on YouTube, the leader of the Boko Haram group, Abubakar Shekau, has claimed responsibility for the bomb blasts that killed four people including a professor and injured 17 others at the University of Maiduguri on Monday.


Boko Haram’s name translates roughly to “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language spoken widely across northern Nigeria.


Boko Haram's fighters have attacked schools across the region for teaching a so-called Western curriculum. Many have only recently re-opened after being shut for several years.


The Islamic extremist group has declared war on Western education, frequently targeting universities.


Endangered Scholars Worldwide condemns this heinous crime in the strongest possible terms and stands in solidarity with the family of victims. In recent years, students, professors and academics have been increasingly targeted in violent attacks – an unacceptable trend that hurts the future of societies at large.


Universities, as all-in-one symbols of freedom, empowerment and peace are increasingly targeted for the values they promote, which stand in strong contrast with the extremist ideology and ruthless methods of terrorist groups. Endangered Scholars Worldwide recalls that schools and universities must be protected from attacks, as stated in the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict (formerly known as the Lucens Guidelines). 




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