Nigeria school attacks force thousands to quit studies: Amnesty
LAGOS (AFP) - Schools attacks in northern Nigeria have grown more frequent and deadly this year, forcing thousands to abandon their education, with most of the violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists, Amnesty International said on Friday.
"This year alone, at least 70 teachers and scores of pupils have been slaughtered," the London-based watchdog said in a new report.
"Thousands of children have been forced out of schools across communities in northern Nigeria and many teachers have been forced to flee for their safety," Amnesty's deputy Africa director Lucy Freeman said.
The report comes less than a week after heavily armed gunmen stormed an agricultural college in Yobe state in the northeast, Boko Haram's stronghold, slaughtering 40 students as they slept.