Nigerian kidnapped schoolgirls: Police offer £180,000 reward for information leading to rescue
Boko Haram have kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls
Heather Saul is a digital reporter for The Independent, currently working on the People desk. She has written news and features across a number of topics, paying particular attention to the activities of Isis and events in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Wednesday 07 May 2014
Nigerian police have offered a $300,000 (£180,000) reward on Wednesday for information leading to the rescue of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamist rebels.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped a further eight girls aged between 12 and 15-years-old from a village near one of their strongholds in north-east Nigeria overnight, police and residents said on Tuesday.
Today, police listed six phone numbers in their statement and urged Nigerians to call in with "credible information" on the mass kidnapping.
The statement said the reward would be given to anyone who "volunteers credible information that will lead to the location and rescue of the female students", the BBC has reported.
A police source said the eight girls abducted yesterday were taken away on trucks, along with looted livestock and food.
"They were many, and all of them carried guns. They came in two vehicles painted in army colour. They started shooting in our village," Lazarus Musa, a resident of Warabe, where the attack happened, told Reuters.
On Monday, the leader of Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the abduction of over 200 girls from their boarding school in Borno in a chilling video message, where he threatened to "sell them" into slavery or marriage.
“I abducted your girls,” Abubakar Shekau said in the hour-long video. “By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace,” he continued, adding that the girls were being held as “slaves”.
Boko Haram means 'Western education is forbidden' and the group has targeted various educational institutes across Nigeria. In the video, Shekau said the girls should not have been attending school and should get married instead.
Kassim Shettima, governor of Borno state, where the insurgency is most active, was due to visit the scene of a deadly attack on the market town of Gamburu on Wednesday.
At least 13 people died in that attack on Monday morning by suspected Islamist rebels, who also torched vehicles and houses.
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