Nigerian students attacked in India; severely beaten

Five Nigerian students were on Monday attacked and beaten severely inside a shopping mall in Noida, near Delhi. The attacks were in reaction to a local teenager who died as a result of drug overdose.

Parents of the deceased teenager blamed Nigerian students for giving their son the drugs that led to his death.

Following the attacks on Monday, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj vowed to investigate the issue and to bring the attackers to justice.

Indian Police have announced the arrest of five persons in connection with the attacks.

The attack inside the shopping mall was captured by witnesses on mobile phones and has gone viral on social media.

The victim said that no one came to his rescue while he was being mobbed with rods, bricks, and knives.

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A student in Noida told BBC  that the situation was not “favourable for Nigerian students.”

“Everybody is indoors. But the problem we are having right now is some of the landlords are telling African students to vacate from their house. These are the problems,” he said.

The Association of African Students of India have since responded to the development, asking students in the area to stay indoors and not attend classes the next day.