Nigerian extremist: burn schools, kill teachers, not children

2013-07-13 14:42

Lagos – The leader of Nigeria’s extremist Islamic sect is threatening to burn down more schools and kill teachers.

But he denies his fighters are killing children.

Islamic radical Abubakar Shekau speaks in a video released today and denies his Boko Haram group is negotiating peace with the Nigerian government.

He says he supports fighters who have burned down several schools in north-eastern Nigeria in recent weeks but that the Koran teaches one must not kill children, women and elderly people. Dozens of children have been killed.

But he says, “School teachers who are teaching Western education? We will kill them! We will kill them.”

Attacks on schools have continued though Nigeria has sent in thousands of troops to put down an Islamic uprising posing the greatest threat in years to national security.

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