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The Africa Report - 26 February

EWN's Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the days top African news.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan who has condemned an attack on scholars in north-east Nigeria. Picture: GCIS.

Jonathan condemns boarding school attack

PRETORIA - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan condemned an attack on scholars at a boarding school in north-eastern Nigeria.

At least 29 students were killed after Boko Haram militants attacked the school.

The remote school in Yobe State was attacked overnight when students were in their dormitories.

Most of the school was burnt to the ground and all of the victims were teenage boys.

The anti-education Islamist militants attacked dozens of schools in the area.

It is reported that gunmen gathered the female students together before telling them to go home, get married and forget about education.

The name Boko Haram means 'Western education is sin'.

The group says it aims to replace Nigeria's political leadership and establish a new state under strict Islamic law.

Jonathan condemned the killings, calling them "heinous, brutal and mindless".

Egypt to form new govt

Following the Egyptian Cabinet's surprise resignation on Monday, interim President Adly Mansour has appointed housing minister Ibrahim Mahlab as the new Prime Minister.

He has also been tasked with forming a new government.

Mahlab announced he would immediately start consultations on forming a new cabinet, saying Egypt's new government will work to "crush terrorism".

He added his government would work to restore security and safety in the country.

Bombings and shootings by militant Islamist groups have become commonplace since the army deposed former president Mohammed Morsi last year, following mass protests against his rule.

Egypt's prime minister-designate pledged to focus on ways to stop the strikes, strengthen Egypt's ailing economy and restore calm.

Spain bans use of rubber bullets on migrants

Spain has banned its border guards from firing rubber bullets to stop migrants crossing the fence into its North African territories, an official said Tuesday.

At least 14 migrants drowned in Moroccan waters earlier this month while trying to swim to the Spanish territory of Ceuta.

The Spanish interior ministry admitted that civil guards fired rubber bullets at the migrants, but denied this action contributed to the drowning.

Ceuta, along with Melilla, another Spanish territory bordering northern Morocco, has the European Union's only land frontiers with Africa.

Speaking on Tuesday, an interior ministry spokesperson said the Civil Guard would prevent its agents from using rubber bullets.

The incident is the latest in a series of attempts by African migrants to cross the triple barbed-wire border fence in the hope of reaching Europe.

Some 500 migrants stormed the fence on Monday and about 100 made it over in what an official described as a "very violent" assault that left 27 people injured.