Secondary schools in Nigeria's north-eastern state closed

Monday, 08 July 2013 - 8:41


Secondary schools have been ordered closed across Nigeria's north-eastern state of Yobe after a massacre in which suspected Islamist extremists killed 22 students and torched their school.


Yobe Governor Ibrahim Gaidam condemned as "cold-blooded murder" Saturday's attack on the Mamudo boarding school.


Nigeria blamed Islamist militant group Boko Haram - which targeted two schools in the region in June - for the attack.


The group's name translates as "Western education is forbidden".


Dozens of schools have been burned in attacks by Islamists since 2010.