Nigerian Extremist Threatens To Burn Schools, Kill Teachers

LAGOS, Nigeria (July 13, 2013)--Islamic radical Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Nigeria's extremist Islamic sect, is threatening to burn down more schools and kill teachers. but denies his fighters are killing children.

Shekau spoke in a video released Saturday.

He denied that his Boko Haram group is negotiating a peace with the Nigerian government.

He said he supports fighters who have burned down several schools in northeastern Nigeria in recent weeks, but said the Quran teaches one must not kill children, women and elderly people. Dozens of children have been killed.

“School teachers who are teaching Western education? We will kill them! We will kill them,” he said.

Attacks on schools have continued though Nigeria has deployed thousands of troops to put down an Islamic uprising posing the greatest threat in years to national security.

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