UNICEF condemns killings in school attack in Northeast Nigeria

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Schools burned by Boko Haram in 2013 in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. Photo: IRIN/Aminu Abubaka

The deaths of students in yet another attack on a school in Northeast Nigeria should be condemned absolutely by all communities, UNICEF says.

UNICEF calls for those responsible to be brought to justice and for communities to demand that schools be considered as places of safety. The UN children's agency notes that since 16 June, it is reported that a total of 48 students and 7 teachers have been killed in four attacks in the region.

UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa Manuel Fontaine said that "As we extend our sympathy to the families of the victims, we would say in the strongest possible terms that there can be no justification for the deliberate targeting of children and those looking after them".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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