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Armed men kidnap 100 schoolgirls in Nigeria

Iran Press TV

Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:55PM GMT

Heavily armed men have abducted more than 100 girls from a secondary school in the violence-wracked northeastern part of Nigeria, local sources say.

According to the sources, the girls were abducted after gunmen stormed the school in the town of Chibok in the Borno State. Witnesses say the assailants arrived at the school on motorcycles and trucks.

'Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles,' Emmanuel Sam, an education official in the town of Chibok said.

Following the attack, the gunmen torched a nearby town before fleeing. The attack has been widely blamed on Boko Haram group.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Similar incidents, however, are usually blamed on Boko Haram fighters.

The latest incident comes a day after twin bomb explosions at a bus station outside Nigeria's capital city of Abuja killed at least 71 people and severely injured 124 others on Monday.

Also on Sunday, at least 60 people were killed in two separate attacks in the towns of Anchaka and Bama in northeastern Borno State.

Several regions of Nigeria have also been hit by deadly violence in recent months.

In May 2013, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared the state of emergency in three northeastern states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.

According to the UK-based rights group, Amnesty International, at least 1,500 people have been killed so far this year across Nigeria.

JR/PR



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