Nigeria’s northeastern Yobe state on Sunday ordered the closure of all secondary schools after a massacre that saw suspected Islamist extremists kill 42 people in a gun and bomb attack on a boarding school.
Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam has “directed that all secondary schools in the state be closed down from Monday 8th July 2013 until a new academic session begins in September,” a government statement said.
The attack early Saturday in the Mamudo district saw assailants — believed to be Boko Haram Islamists — round up students and staff in a dormitory before throwing explosives inside and opening fire
It was the third school attack in the region in recent weeks, including two in Yobe.
The European Union on Sunday condemned the Yobe school attack, labelling it a “horrific murder by terrorists.”
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