Over 60 people have been abducted in Nigeria by suspected militant Islamists. According to local residents, 60 girls and women and 31 boys from villages in northeast Nigeria have been taken.
It is suspected that the militants are Boko Haram, the same group that abducted 200 girls and young women in April.
The recent abductions took place during a series of raids in Borno over the past week, with dozens of people killed from the attacks. The survivors from various villages are now taking refuge in Adamawa, with others still fleeing on foot. A senior local authority officer in the Damboa area, close to Maiduguri the capital of Borno, told AFP news that more than 60 women and girls had been “hijacked and forcefully taken away”. Local residents dispute the numbers given by the unnamed officer, arguing that the number is in fact closer to 90.
The leader of a local anti-Boko Haram group, Aji KHalil said that Boko Haram militants also took about 30. “Some suspected Boko Haram members invaded … and kidnapped 91 persons. More than 60 married women and young girls as well as children, young men were forcefully taken away by Boko Haram terrorists. Four villagers who tried to escape were shot dead on the spot.”
In pictures: Nigeria kidnapped schoolgirls
In pictures: Nigeria kidnapped schoolgirls
A total of 276 girls were abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing
One of the kidnapped girls looks into a camera
One of the missing girls talking to the camera
The missing Nigerian schoolgirls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram alleging they had converted them to Islam
Girls wearing the full-length hijab holding a flag reading "There is no god, but Allah" and "Mohammed is Allah's prophet"
A man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau
Abubakar Shekau speaks on the video
Girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying are filmed by an unidentified man (R) in an undisclosed rural location
People carry signs as they attend a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls in the remote village of Chibok in Lagos
A protester demonstrates against the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, outside the Nigerian Embassy in London
Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and Prime Minister David Cameron appearing on the BBC1 current affairs programme
People participate in a "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil in Los Angeles
Girls holding heart shaped banners in a "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil in Los Angeles
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South Africans protest in solidarity against the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram and what protesters said was the failure of the Nigerian government and international community to rescue them, during a march to the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg
Karilyn Coates (10) joins others in a candlelight vigil for the more than 300 girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Colorado Springs
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials. Nigeria's president said that Boko Haram's mass abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls would mark a turning point in the battle against the Islamists, as world powers joined the search to rescue the hostages
Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division (3rd L) Obiageli Ezekwesilieze speaks as she leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja
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Boko Haram are still holding more than 200 girls and young women captured in Chibok town, an area close to Damboa, on 14 April. In exchange for the return of the girls, the Islamic militants are demanding the release of its detained fighters and relatives, which has since been rejected by the Nigerian President Goodluck. The Nigeria military have said that they have knowledge of where the 200 taken girls from April are, but they say it would be too dangerous to attempt to rescue them. It is not known whether this is still true in light of the recent abductions in Damboa.
Local fear of Boko Haram continues to grow as rumours surrounding plans of another mass abduction spread with international tensions growing as the Nigerian government appear to do nothing.