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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Boko Haram suspected in another kidnapping

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

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Some of the escaped kidnapped girls of the government secondary school Chibok, attend a meeting with Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, in  Maiduguri, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)
Some of the escaped kidnapped girls of the government secondary school Chibok, attend a meeting with Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, in Maiduguri, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

Gunmen linked to Boko Haram, the terrorist group which abducted more than 300 Nigerian schoolgirls, are now reported to have kidnapped 20 women from a nomadic settlement in the northeast of the country.

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The story of the schoolgirls has grabbed world headlines since April 15, but there has been relatively few updates in recent days. Now Alhaji Tar, a member of the vigilante groups set up to resist Boko Haram's attacks, has claimed a group of men arrived in the Garkin Fulani settlement last Thursday and forced 20 women to enter their vehicles at gunpoint.

He says they drove away to an unknown location in the remote stretch of Borno state. Three men are also believed to have been kidnapped as they tried to rescue the women.

Nigeria's military has faced major criticism over the rise of Boko Haram, with people claiming that not enough is being done to protect them.

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent
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