Nigeria: Borno Schools Closed Fearing Extremists

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Nursery school pupils learn with teaching aids during a class at the Christower International School, Ibafo district in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, on November 29, 2012. In March 2014, schools in the state of Borno were closed due to fear of attacks from Islamic extremists. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images) | PIUS UTOMI EKPEI via Getty Images

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — School officials and teachers say Borno state government has ordered the closure of all high schools amid fears of attacks by Islamic extremists.

Some 100,000 students at 85 schools are affected.

The closures point to the military's failure to suppress an Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria, and may be considered a victory by the Boko Haram terrorist network whose nickname means "Western education is forbidden."

Officials and teachers spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being fired.

They said closures were supposed to happen Friday but were delayed by extremists attacking the main army barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, and freeing dozens of detained fighters.

The latest school attack killed 59 students last month in neighboring Yobe state.

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