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Statement attributable to UNICEF spokesman Martin Dawes on the reported killing of children in Nigeria

DAKAR, Senegal, 19 June 2013 - UNICEF condemns in the strongest terms the attack which has reportedly left at least nine pupils dead in Maiduguri, north east Nigeria. Five of the children were said to be taking exams when they were shot. Children going to school is an investment for all. UNICEF wishes to offer sincere condolences to the families, while reminding all involved in the current violence affecting the north east of their obligations to protect children from harm.

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