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Nigeria: Two University Professors, 16 others killed during Catholic Mass

An early morning attack during catholic mass in the heart of Bayero University Kano has left at least 18 people dead. Among the victims of the attack are Professors Jerome Ayodele of the Chemistry Department and Andrew Leo of Library Science department respectably of the Bayero University Kano.

The attacks carried out by unidentified gunmen, happened at about 8.30am in the morning hours of Sunday as Christians faithful were conducting their service at the Theater hall of the university.

Although the University spokes person, Alhaji Mustapha Zahradeen told our correspondent that seven persons were killed, eyewitnesses said rescue operators removed at least 18 dead bodies.

But Mustapha Zahradeen explained that the gunmen who stormed the university premises on motorcycles took everybody unawares because it has never occurred to them that such an attack could happen.

He said that many students and other worshipers were critically injured and taken to Mallam Aminu Kano teaching hospital where there is heavy presence of security personnel guiding the entire place.

Spokesperson of the Joint Military Task Force, LT. Ikediha Iweha also confirmed the attack, explaining that at about 8.30 am in the morning of Sunday some gunmen stormed the BUK old site campus with heavy explosives and Machine Guns and launched attacks on innocent worshippers, adding that the attack was highly sophisticated.

He said before his men arrived the scene the gun men fled the area as the entire area that including Dorayi, Karshen Wire, and BUK road was cordoned off. Iweha said the measure was part of security measure to get on the suspects.
Culled from Leadership Newspaper

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