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Boko Haram ‘kidnaps 20 more women’ from village near site of Chibok schoolgirl abduction

By Staff Reporter

Militants believed to be from the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram have kidnapped 20 women from a settlement near the town of Chibok where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted in April, it has been reported.

Gunmen reportedly arrived at the nomadic Garkin Fulani settlement in a number of vans last week, and forced the women into the vehicles at gunpoint.

The women were then driven away, witnesses said, to an unknown location in the remote Borno state, along with three young men who had tried to stop the kidnapping.

The Nigerian army has been accused of being largely ineffective in combating Boko Haram in the Borno region, forcing local people to set up vigilante groups to protect themselves.

Alhaji Tar, a member of one of these groups, said eye-witnesses had told them about the attack but that it was too late for anyone to intervene.

“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 said.

A spokesperson for the army said that since that incident, which occurred at around midday on Thursday, state troops had prevented Boko Haram raids on villages across Borno and the neighbouring state of Adamawa.

-Independent UK

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