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Dozens more girls abducted by Nigerian extremists

Published:Monday | October 27, 2014 | 11:33 PM
People demonstrate calling on the Nigerian government to rescue girls taken from a secondary school in Chibok region, in the city of Abuja, Nigeria . Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes by announcing Islamic extremists have agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word about 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months.
Major General Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's top military spokesman, speaks during an interview in Abuja, Nigeria., on the kidnapping of the girls.



Escaping residents report dozens more girls and young women have been abducted by Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria, raising doubts about an announced cease-fire and hopes for the release of 219 schoolgirls held captive since April.

The residents say about 30 teenage girls and boys have been kidnapped in recent days from villages 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

Another 40 girls and young women were abducted from neighbouring Adamawa state on October 18, the day after Nigeria's military announced a cease-fire agreement with Boko Haram insurgents.

Human Rights Watch says in a new report yesterday that more than 500 girls and women have been kidnapped by Boko Haram since 2009.

It quotes escapees saying they are forced to become Muslim, forced into marriage and raped.