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Friday, 18 April 2014

Fate of 100 Nigerian Schoolgirls Seized by Islamist Terrorists Unknown

CNS News

The whereabouts of around 100 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram on Monday remain unknown, after the military was forced on Thursday to retract an earlier statement that most had been released.

The retraction drew an angry response from parents of the missing teens, and according to Nigerian media reports some parents have now resorted to launch a search themselves in a forested area where Boko Haram is known to have hideouts.

The embarrassing reversal by the military’s spokesman is yet another setback in its campaign against the terrorists. Last May President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three northern states, granting armed forces sweeping powers and vowing to “win this war against terror.”

Almost a year on, however, the situation looks more dire than ever. The first few months of 2014 have witnessed more than 1,500 deaths, making this year already the deadliest yet in Boko Haram’s jihad, which began escalating in 2009.

The seizure of 129 secondary schoolgirls occurred in Borno, one of the three state of emergency states, just hours after a bombing, also blamed on Boko Haram, killed 75 people in the capital, Abuja – the deadliest terrorist attack ever in the city.

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