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Nigeria: More Boko Haram kidnappings

By Konye Obaji Ori
Posted on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 08:18

Boko Haram militants raided the villages and towns of Kumanza,Yaga and Dagu, Damboa and Dagu, Damboa and Askira Uba local government areas of Borno State in the past week.

Four villagers, who tried to escape were shot dead on the spot

According to local reports, more than 60 women were among the villagers abducted by Boko Haram.

“Some suspected Boko Haram members invaded Kumanza, Yaga and Dagu villages and kidnapped 91 persons,” Aji Khalil, Chairman, Sector 5 of the local vigilante group in Borno State, told reporters.

Eyewitness accounts revealed that Islamic the sect members went from one village to the other, abducting women and children, and killing those who tried to escape.

“More than 60 married women and young girls as well as children and young men were forcefully taken. Four villagers, who tried to escape were shot dead on the spot,” one witness said.

Hundreds of villagers around the areas hit by Boko Haram have fled their homes.

On June 10, Boko Haram group kidnapped 20 women from Garkin Fulani settlement, a nomadic settlement in Northeast Nigeria near the town of Chibok where the sect abducted more than 219 school girls on April 15.

The Nigerian government has not been able to negotiate the release of the abducted Chibok girls.

Assistance for the army has come from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Israel and Turkey.

Nigeria’s military has said it knows where the girls are being kept but fears their abductors would kill them if any military action is taken.

With drones flying over the forests of Northeast Nigeria, and military patrols covering air and ground surveillance, Boko Haram has continued to attack, kidnap and raid.

Boko Haram is demanding the release of hundreds of detainees but Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is opposed to the terrorists’ conditions.

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