100 Schoolgirls Kidnapped In Nigeria

Schoolgirls kidnapped by suspected Islamists in Nigeria:  Associated Press in Maiduguri – theguardian.com, Tuesday 15 April 2014 13.58 EDT


All schools in Borno state have been closed because of attacks by militants. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

Nigerian children at school. All schools in Borno state have been closed because of attacks by militants. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

Nigerian children at school. All schools in Borno state have been closed because of attacks by militants. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

Suspected Islamist extremists have abducted about 100 female pupils from a school in north-east Nigeria, but some later escaped from the back of an open truck, officials say.The girls were abducted after midnight from a school in Chibok, on the edge of the Sambisa Forest, an insurgent hideout, said the Borno state police commissioner Tanko Lawan. Gunmen killed a soldier and police officer guarding the school, then took off with at least 100 students, a state security service official said.

Insurgents from the Boko Haram terrorist network are blamed for attacks that have killed more than 1,500 people this year alone. The group – whose name means "western education is forbidden" – has targeted schools, mosques, churches, villages and agricultural centres in increasingly indiscriminate attacks. They have also made daring raids on military barracks and bases.

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