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Nigeria university closes down after bomb threats

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A public university says it is closing indefinitely after receiving bomb threats from a radical Muslim sect in Nigeria's restive northeast.

A public university says it is closing indefinitely after receiving bomb threats from a radical Muslim sect in Nigeria’s restive northeast.

University of Maiduguri spokesperson Ahmed Mohammed said Tuesday the school could no longer guarantee the safety of its 35 000 students.

Mohammed said two letters attributed to a radical sect locally known as Boko Haram threatened bomb attacks on the institution.

Hundreds gathered at bus parks on Tuesday morning to leave Maiduguri amid the unrest.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege” in the local Hausa language, is responsible for a rash of killings targeting security officers, local leaders and clerics in the area over the last year.

They have also claimed responsibility for a bombing at the nation’s police headquarters that killed two last month.—Sapa-AP

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