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Again!: Boko Haram Kidnaps 30 Boys and Girls in New Attack

Again!: Boko Haram Kidnaps 30 Boys and Girls in New Attack

No fewer than 30 boys and girls were at the weekend abducted in a Borno State village as BokoHaram continued to violate the “ceasefire” it allegedly reached with the government.

Some government officials had a discussion with some Boko Haram representatives in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago after which a ceasefire was pronounced by Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

Talks are going on in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital, believed to be coordinated by President Idris Derby.

The release of the abducted 219 Chibok girls, since April, is believed to be top of the discussion.

But the sect has continued its violence without let, although its representative at the Saudi talks said the attacks were being carried out by “armed robbers”.

Boko Haram at the weekend killed 17 in attacks. It abducted 30 girls and boys in a Borno village and killed four Nigerians in an attack on a Nigerian refugees’ camp in Cameroon. The Nigerians in the camp were those who fled Boko Haram’s attacks.

A local chief confirmed the attack and abductions to reporters yesterday.

“The insurgents… grabbed young people, boys and girls, from our region,” said Alhaji Shettima Maina, who is in charge of the Mafa village around 50km east of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital

“They took all boys aged 13 and over… and all girls aged 11 and more. According to our information, 30 young people were abducted in the last two days.” Another village elder, Mallam Ashiekh Mustapha, confirmed the account to the French News Agency (AFP)

Both men said 17 people were also killed in recent days in a Boko Haram attack on the nearby village of Ndongo.

Kidnapping young women and girls — as well as forcibly conscripting young men and boys to fight for Boko Haram — is a well-established tactic by the militants.

Some estimates put the number of women held by the group in the high hundreds. Most are believed to be forced into marriages with rebels.

Mr. Maina said his village and areas around it were targeted in nearly daily raids by Boko Haram, prompting many residents to flee to the city of Maiduguri for safety. He said he had pleaded for help from the government but that so far none had been forthcoming.

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