Date
26 September 2017
People at a protest rally in Lagos on June 7 demanding the return of abducted schoolgirls. Boko Haram militants are now said to have kidnapped 20 women from northeast Nigeria in a fresh incident. Photo: Reuters
People at a protest rally in Lagos on June 7 demanding the return of abducted schoolgirls. Boko Haram militants are now said to have kidnapped 20 women from northeast Nigeria in a fresh incident. Photo: Reuters

Suspected Boko Haram militants abduct 20 women in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants have abducted at least 20 women from a nomadic settlement in Nigeria, in an area close to where the gunmen kidnapped 200 schoolgirls in mid-April, BBC reported.

The women were loaded onto vans at gunpoint and driven away to an unknown location in Borno state, eyewitnesses were quoted as saying.

The army has not commented on the incident, which occurred on the nomadic Garkin Fulani settlement on Thursday.

The Nigerian military has faced mounting criticism for failing to stop militant attacks in the north-east.

Despite a state of emergency in place in the region, residents say the army is largely inactive or even absent, allowing the Boko Haram militants to continue their attacks, the report noted.

The militant group has waged an increasingly bloody insurgency since 2009 in an attempt to create an Islamic state in Nigeria.

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