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Boko Haram Kills Four, Kidnaps Teenage Girls in Borno

Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's top military spokesman, left, speaks to people at a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, outside the defense headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday May 6, 2014. Their plight — and the failure of the Nigerian military to find them — has drawn international attention to an escalating Islamic extremist insurrection that has killed more than 1,500 so far this year. Boko Haram, the name means "Western education is sinful," has claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping and threatened to sell the girls. The claim was made in a video seen Monday. The British and U.S. governments have expressed concern over the fate of the missing students, and protests have erupted in major Nigerian cities and in New York. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Kayode Sesan

Four persons were killed and an unspecified number of teenage girls were on Sunday abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from Bam village in Biu Local Government Area, Borno State.

Boko Haram has abducted hundreds of women and girls since the insurgency started in 2009 including over 200 girls last year from their secondary school in Chibok, which attracted global attention and outrage. Since their abduction 20 months ago, the 219 Chiboks girls have still not been found.

A resident of the area, Abubakar Ali, who fled to Miringa town for safety after the attack on Bam, revealed that the insurgents invaded his village at about 3.30 am and set ablaze the whole village.

He said that they killed four persons and later left with some teenage girls but did not give a number on the numbers of abducted girls.
He said the insurgents raided the village till about 5 am and had sufficient time to “separate the teenage girls from married women, set the whole village ablaze and left with the girls unchallenged”.

He said it was unfortunate that “the hoodlums always attack our villages unchallenged. I am calling on General Buratai to do something about this, as the soldiers seem to be doing little to checkmate them here”.

“We have been telling the soldiers that the Boko Haram members are in some villages around here but they only go to Mangari, a few kilometres away from Buratai and shoot in the air and come back. It seems the soldiers are afraid to confront them,” he said.


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