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Published On: Thu, Apr 17th, 2014

Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram kidnap 100 schoolgirls, all but 8 free now

Muslim terrorists have abducted at least 100 Nigerian schoolgirls on Monday at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok. Nigerian police will not confirm who is behind the kidnapping, but the country has been battling the extremist group Boko Haram for years and new report place blame on the Islamists.

“Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles,” Emmanuel Sam, an education official in Chibok, told CNN on Wednesday as most girls were now freed. It was not immediately clear how the girls became free.

“They forced us into trucks, buses and vans, some of which were carrying foodstuffs and petrol. They left with us in a convoy into the bush,” said a student among the girls who escaped and who declined to be named for security reasons. “A group of motorcyclists flanked the convoy to ensure none of us escaped.”

At one point, one of the trucks broke down and the girls on that vehicle were transferred to another one, the student said. The broken down truck was set on fire, she added.

When another vehicle broke down and the men tried to fix it, “some of us jumped out of the vehicles and ran into the bush. We later found our way back to Chibok,” she said, referring to the northeastern town where her school is located.

Boko Haram, which means, “Western education is a sin,” seeks to rid Christianity and establish a caliphate in northern Nigeria through a anti-government rebellion.

Boko Haram terrorists photo/CNN video file footage screenshot

Boko Haram terrorists photo/CNN video file footage screenshot

“The inability of the government and military to provide protection for Christians is inexcusable,” said Todd Daniels, regional manager for International Christian Concern. “While certainly there are challenges, the military needs to devote substantial resources to seeing this process brought to an end.”

One of the alleged attackers has been captured, and a military search-and-rescue operation is ongoing to “ensure the safety of the remaining students,” Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said Wednesday.

The group is known to have carried out deadly attacks on other schools in the northeast. In a clip released by the group on March 23, leader Abubakar Shekau threatened to launch raids and abduct girls from schools.

“They took away my daughter and my niece … and we fear for their safety in the hands of these merciless people that take delight in killing and destruction,” said the mother of one of the abducted girls. “I don’t know what to do. The whole family is confused and we have turned to prayers, which is all we have.”

In early March, Borno state’s government closed all its 85 secondary schools and sent more than 120,000 students home after increasing Boko Haram attacks.

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