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  • 15 April 2014, 18:48

Nigeria: Militants Kidnap 100 Schoolgirls

More than 100 schoolgirls have been kidnapped by heavily armed gunmen from a school in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state.

The attackers, thought to be members of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, reportedly overpowered guards protecting the school in the town of Chibok before setting buildings on fire and driving off with their captives.

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

Boko Haram, an extremist group whose name means "Western education is forbidden", has carried out a series of attacks on schools during an insurgency that has left thousands of people dead.

Audu Musa, a teacher in another school in the area, said: "Over 100 female students in our government secondary school at Chibok have been abducted."

Another witness said the gunmen had arrived "in trucks and motorcycles and headed to the school".

The witness said soldiers had been deployed to the school as extra security ahead of exams but that the attackers "subdued the soldiers and took the girls away".

The attack happened on Monday, the same day a bomb attack at a bus station in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, left at least 75 people dead and 141 wounded.

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