While members of the Boko Haram terrorist organization
are suspected of committing the heinous terrorist acts, police have not confirmed the identities nor arrested any suspects.
Members of the radical Islamic terrorist group believe Western education is sinful. The group is a jihadist militant organization based in northeast Nigeria that violently opposes man-made laws and modern science, according to an allafrica.com
Friday, the Nigerian Joint Task Force, Operation 'Restore Order,' placed a bounty on suspected terrorists and members of Boko Haram.
The new execution-style violence is different than other recent killings conducted by Boko Haram Muslims in that it targeted women only. Authorities believe the women may have been slaughtered due to dressing in Western style.
The murders were carried out in the early hours of Friday, between 1 and 2am while victims slept. Ironically, a curfew imposed by state government insured the women would be home.
The women were slaughtered near the University of Maiduguri in facilities where students live off-Campus due to overcrowding.
The murders occurred in the Gwange, London Chiki, Abbagara and Kaleri neighborhoods, areas where such killings and bomb blasts are too common.
Members of Boko Haram are wanted in connection with terrorist activities in the region that include assassin-like murders, bombings and the killing of religious leaders, traditional rulers, businessmen, politicians, civil servants and security personnel.
A statement by NJT listed 19 leaders of the extremist group that are suspected of killing hundreds of people in in northern and central Nigeria.
Rewards for the terrorists range from N50 million for the suspected leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau, to N10 million for Boko Haram’s "leaders."