Armed men kidnap schoolgirls in Nigeria

Heavily armed men have kidnapped more than

100 girls from a secondary school in northeast

Nigeria's Borno state and torched the

surrounding town, a day after a deadly

bombing in the African state's capital.

No one claimed responsibility for Tuesday's

kidnapping, but fingers were pointed at

fighters of the armed group Boko Haram,

which means "Western education is


"Many girls were abducted by the rampaging

gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy

of vehicles," Emmanuel Sam, an education

official in the town of Chibok, where the attack

took place, told AFP news agency.

He spoke from Borno's capital Maiduguri

where he said he fled after the attack at the

Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok.

The attackers came "in trucks and on

motorcycles and headed to the school", where

they overpowered soldiers deployed to guard

it, a witness who requested anonymity said.

He said soldiers had been deployed to provide

extra security in advance of yearly exams, but

the attackers "subdued the soldiers and took

the girls away".

He was not able to provide an estimate of the

number of girls abducted.

Boko Haram has repeatedly attacked schools in

the northeast during an insurgency that has

killed thousands since 2009.

In an attack earlier this year in Borno,

witnesses said Boko Haram fighters

surrounded a girls' school, forced the students

to leave and ordered them to immediately

return to their villages.

At least 71 people were killed in Abuja's

outskirts on Monday, when a bomb exploded at

a packed bus station, marking the deadliest

attack in the federal capital.

Boko Haram wants to establish a state ruling

by Islamic law in the northeast. Nigeria's

Muslims mainly live in the north while

Christians mostly in the south.

The Abuja explosion raised concerns about the

country's ability to ward off frequent attacks

during the World Economic Forum on Africa

scheduled next month in the capital.

Following the blast, Nigeria has pledged to

deploy more than 6,000 police and soldiers to

protect African heads of state and business

leaders attending the May 7-9 event, based on

the flagship gatherings in Davos, Switzerland.

Africa's top oil producer wants to highlight its

newly acquired status as the largest economy

on the continent.

Monday's attack also added pressure on

President Goodluck Jonathan in the run-up to

February's elections.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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