SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project investigates and reports attacks on higher education with the aim of raising awareness, generating advocacy, and increasing protection for scholars, students, and academic communities. Learn more.

Date of Incident: September 17, 2014

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Federal College of Education in Kano

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On September 17, 2014 an armed group attacked a teacher training college in Nigeria, killing at least fifteen people and injuring thirty-four. Two suicide bombers detonated their devices in a full lecture hall, while other attackers threw explosives and fired at those who attempted to escape.Officials have attributed this attack to Nigerian separatist group Boko Haram, although the group has not publically taken responsibility. 
Scholars at Risk is concerned about violent attacks on higher education institutions.  Such attacks threaten the lives and well-being of members of higher education communities; undermine higher education functions and values, including autonomy and academic freedom; and impair the ability of higher education to serve its public mission.  State authorities have a responsibility to ensure the security of academic communities, to prevent future attacks, and to hold perpetrators of violent attacks accountable.