Nigeria: Boko Haram leader denies child murders

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The leader of the extremist Islamist sect Boko Haram has threatened to burn down more schools and kill teachers but denied his fighters were killing children.

In a video released yesterday Abubakar Shekau denied his group was negotiating a peace deal with the Nigerian government.

He said he supported fighters who burned down schools in north-east Nigeria in recent weeks but added that the Koran forbade the killing of children, women and the elderly. Dozens of children have been killed.

He then warned: “School teachers who are teaching western education? We will kill them! We will kill them.”