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Gunmen in Nigeria Kill 55 Students, Teachers in Three Weeks

Gunmen in Nigeria suspected to be Islamist militants killed 48 students and seven teachers in four separate attacks since June 16 on schools in the country’s northeast, the United Nations Children’s Fund said.

Military authorities in Nigeria said 20 students and a teacher were killed in the latest attack on July 6 on a secondary school in the northeastern town of Mamudo.

“The deaths of students in yet another attack on a school in northeast Nigeria should be condemned absolutely by all,” Unicef, as the United Nations agency is known, said today in an e-mailed statement. “There can be no justification for the deliberate targeting of children and those who look after them.”

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin,” razed 50 schools in the past year in the northeast, Nigeria’s education ministry said on June 20. The group has also carried out gun and bomb attacks in the country’s mainly Muslim north and the capital, Abuja, in which thousands of people have died since 2009.

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer and most populous country of more than 160 million, is roughly split between Muslims, who live predominantly in the north, and Christians, who are mainly in the south. Boko Haram is fighting to impose Shariah rule in the country.

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