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Goodluck Jonathan condemns killing of school children

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the killing by Islamic insurgents of at least 29 students of the Federal Government College in Buri-Yadi in the country's North-east Yobe State on Monday night, describing it as 'heinous, brutal and mindless'.

In a statement from the presidency Tuesday, the Nigerian leader said he received the news of the killings with 'immense sadness and anguish'.

'On behalf of himself and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to the parents and relatives of the murdered students.

'The President wholly condemns the heinous, brutal and mindless killing of the guiltless students by deranged terrorists and fanatics who have clearly lost all human morality and descended to bestiality.

'He assures the nation that his administration will not relent in its ongoing efforts to end the scourge of terrorism in parts of the country which has sadly claimed more innocent lives today,' the statement said.

PANA reports that suspected Boko Haram insurgents stormed the school, slaughtered the students, instead of killing them with guns - their usual style - in order to avoid attracting attention and set the school ablaze.

The attack on the college is the latest in a series of violence targeting schools in the state.

Yobe is one of the three states which the federal government has put under a state of emergency in an effort to curtail attacks by the violent sect Boko Haram. Others are Adamawa and Borno States.

Pana 26/02/2014