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Nigeria: Ban deplores brutal slaying in north-eastern Nigeria

New York, US - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has strongly condemned the brutal slaying on Tuesday of dozens of students at a college in north-eastern Nigeria and voiced the hope that the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice.

In a brief UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Wednesday, Ban extended his sincere condolences to the bereaved families.

He noted that he was deeply concerned about the increasing frequency and brutality of attacks against educational institutions in northern Nigeria.

He also reiterated that, 'no objective can justify such violence.”

According to media reports, at least 29 teenage boys reportedly died in the attack by unidentified gunmen on the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi in Yobe state.

The region has been prone to attacks by Islamic militants who have in the past targeted civilians, including students and worshippers, politicians, members of government institutions and foreign nationals.

Pana 27/02/2014