Monday 21 January 2019

Some 50 girls missing after an attack by Boko Haram extremists

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (Dan Kitwood/PA)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (Dan Kitwood/PA) Newsdesk Newsdesk

About 50 girls remain missing several days after an attack on a village in Nigeria by Boko Haram extremists.

Many of the girls at a local boarding school were whisked to safety when the Boko Haram militants launched their assault on Monday evening in Yobe state.

State government officials said on Wednesday about 50 girls remained missing though dozens had returned to the area after fleeing.

Abdullahi Bego, a spokesman for Yobe state's governor, said authorities have no credible information that the missing girls were abducted by Boko Haram.

Some witnesses, though, have described seeing the militants take girls with them.

Boko Haram drew international condemnation when they abducted 276 girls from Chibok in 2014. About 100 of them are believed to remain with their captors.

Press Association

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