Boko Haram ‘has kidnapped hundreds’

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Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists who are using them as human shields in Nigeria, officials have said.

Mike Omeri, the Nigerian spokesman for the fight against Boko Haram, said several hundred people were abducted by the Islamic militants as they retreated earlier this month from Damasak in north-eastern Nigeria.

He could not specify how many were kidnapped, but local reports say as many as 500 people were taken.

Mr Omeri said the Islamic rebels went to Damasak’s primary schools and rounded up students and teachers before retreating.

Troops from Chad and Niger recaptured Damasak, near the border with Niger, from Boko Haram on March 16.

The mass kidnapping happened as the extremists were fleeing the advancing troops, with information about the abductions only confirmed today.

Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by The News Editor

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