Boko Haram kidnaps 22 girls and women in north-east Nigeria

Source: The Guardian

Attackers loyal to faction headed by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, son of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf

Chibok school girls who escaped from Boko Haram in 2014. The Islamist group has now kidnapped more girls and women.
Chibok school girls who escaped from Boko Haram in 2014. The Islamist group has now kidnapped more girls and women. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Boko Haram Islamists have abducted 22 girls and women in two separate raids in north-east Nigeria, residents and vigilantes said.

In the first attack on Thursday, the jihadists raided the village of Pulka near the border with Cameroon where they kidnapped 18 girls.

“Boko Haram fighters from Mamman Nur camp arrived in pickup vans around 6am and seized 14 young girls aged 17 and below while residents fled into the bush,” a Pulka community leader said.

“They picked four other girls who were fleeing the raid they came across in the bush outside the village,” said the community leader who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.

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