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Boko Haram gunmen blamed for kidnapping 20 more females in Nigeria
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Suspected Boko Haram terrorists are believed to have kidnapped another 20 females from a village in northeast Nigeria, right next to where Islamic radicals stole away more than 300 schoolgirls in mid-April.
A local, Alhaji Tar, said the armed men stormed and forced the women to get in their vehicles, The Associated Press reported.
Mr. Tar said he and several of his fellow villagers tried tried to free the women, after they learned of the incident. But he said the gunmen instead kidnapped three of the young men who tried to help, AP reported.
“We tried to go after them when the news got to us about three hours later, but the vehicles we have could not go far and the report came to us a little bit late,” he told AP.
Boko Haram wants Nigeria to become an Islamic state, and militants have been rapidly attacking and taking over villages in the northeast region.
Resistors are killed, raped or otherwise terrorized. More than 2,000 have been killed since the beginning of this year alone, and another 750,000 driven from their homes.
The terror group came under international fire after abducting 300 girls from the Chibok Government Girls School on April 15, and threatening to sell them into slavery. About 57 have escaped, but 272 are still being held captive.
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