UN "outraged" at Nigeria school attacks

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Since June 2013, attacks in northeastern Nigeria have resulted in school closures affecting thousands of students, many of whom have had no access to education in months. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2007-0515/Nesbitt

The UN Secretary-General has expressed outrage over what he has called the "frequency and brutality" of attacks against schools in the north of Nigeria.

Dozens of children were killed and many more injured after a suicide bomber attacked a boarding school in the town of Poktiskum, in Yobe State.

Ban Ki-moon condemned the recent attack and demanded an immediate stop to these "abominable" crimes.

Farhan Haq, the UN Deputy-Spokesperson, has more.

"The Secretary-General is outraged by the frequency and brutality of attacks against educational institutions in the north of the country and reiterates his demand for an immediate cessation to these abominable crimes. The Secretary-General calls for the perpetrators to be swiftly brought to justice through a process respectful of Nigeria's human rights obligations and for adequate security measures to be provided for the protection of civilians. The Secretary-General reiterates his firm conviction that no objective justifies wanton violence against civilians."

Meanwhile, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) joined Mr Ban in calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and for the protection of children.

The agency says these "repeated and relentless" attacks on children and schools are attacks on the future of Nigeria.

The country already has the largest number of children out of school in the world, it adds.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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