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Howard University is alerting students and increasing security after masked men with guns robbed students on campus, Fox 5 reports.

Police say the same group likely committed several other robberies nearby on Wednesday night.

University police say four masked men confronted students at about 3:30 a.m. inside the engineering building and demanded their personal belongings. D.C. police say nine more robberies occurred nearby between then and 6:30 a.m. The assailants seemed to target men and took cell phones and other personal items.

The university has issued a campus security alert. Officials are asking students to make sure building doors are secured and to report anything suspicious.


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