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Nigerian militants call for more school attacks

world Updated: Jul 16, 2013 00:40 IST
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The leader of Nigeria’s Islamist militant group c has called for more attacks against schools, describing western education as a “plot against Islam”, in a video released days after his fighters killed 46 students in an assault on a dorm.

In the 15-minute recording released during the weekend, Abubakar Shekau said schools would continue to be targeted “until our last breath”.

“Teachers who teach western education? We will kill them! We will kill them in front of their students, and tell the students to henceforth study the Qur’an,” he said, gesticulating energetically while dressed in military fatigues.

Shekau denied that his fighters killed children. “Our religion does not permit us to touch small children and women, we don’t kill children,” he said, reading from sheets of paper as he cradled a Kalashnikov.