Nigeria: more girls abducted by suspected Boko Haram militants

Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped eight more girls in northeastern Nigeria.

Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped eight more girls in northeastern Nigeria.

The latest kidnapping happened on Sunday night in the village of Warabe, in Borno state. The girls taken were between the ages of 12 and 15.

On Monday, Boko Haram’s leader threatened to “sell” more than 230 girls seized from their school, also in Borno, on 14 April.

The Islamist insurgency by Boko Haram has left thousands dead since 2009.

The BBC’s Mansur Liman in Abuja says the area around Warabe, the site of the latest abductions, is a stronghold of the Islamist movement.

The gunmen arrived in two trucks and also seized animals and food from the village.

Communications are very poor in the area, which explains why the news took several days to emerge, our correspondent says.

Map showing Warabe

Residents from a nearby town told AFP that they feared Boko Haram would target them next.

“We in Gwoza are also living in fear because of the kidnap of eight girls in Warabe,” Peter Gambo said.

“We have no security here. If the gunmen decide to pick our own girls, nobody can stop them” he said.

Warabe is also close to the Sambisa forest, where the first group of schoolgirls is thought to have been taken.

Rally in support of missing girls in Lagos, Nigeria. 5 May 2014Protesters have taken to the streets in Nigeria, calling for the girls taken on 14 April to be released

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video on Monday confirming that his group had abducted them.

There is mounting domestic and international anger at the Nigerian government’s failure to find the girls.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni describes Boko Haram as “ideologically bankrupt”

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni condemned the attacks, calling Boko Haram “ideologically bankrupt”.

“It would be a mistake for the government of Nigeria to negotiate with these people. The most important thing is to defeat them, then negotiations can come after that,” he said.

The US called the kidnappings an “outrage” and said it was offering the Nigerian government assistance in trying to find the girls.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden”, has attacked numerous educational institutions in northern Nigeria.

BBC News Africa

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