- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Islamic extremists abducted another 60 girls — and this time, 31 boys — during a raid on a village in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said.

Security officials for the village of Kummabza deny the abductions took place, The Associated Press reported. But Nigeria’s government has been slow to react to kidnappings in the past and was particularly criticized for the seeming delayed rescue response to the recent abductions of hundreds of school girls — hundreds of whom are still separated from their families, AP said.

AP reported it could not independently verify the kidnappings took place.

But Aji Khalil, a member of anti-Boko Haram organization, said on Tuesday that the kidnappings did take place over the weekend — and during, four villagers were killed.

Kummabza is located about 95 miles from Maiduguri.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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