Date
16 August 2017
A man seals his mouth with a sticker that reads "Bring Back Our Girls Now" during a rally in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Photo: AFP
A man seals his mouth with a sticker that reads "Bring Back Our Girls Now" during a rally in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Photo: AFP

Suspected Boko Haram fighters grab more women despite truce

Suspected Boko Haram militants seized at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria despite ongoing talks on the release of over 200 other female hostages they abducted in April, Reuters reported.

John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack and lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorathy Tizhe, who lost two, said the kidnappers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them, then later releasing the older ones, the report said.

The attack cast further doubt on government reports that it has secretly reached a temporary ceasefire with the rebels in order to secure the release of more than 200 schoolgirls they are holding hostage. Boko Haram has yet to comment on the truce.

In a separate attack, a bomb exploded late on Wednesday at a bus station in the town of Azare in the northern state of Bauchi, killing at least five people and wounding 12, the news agency said.

Police did not say who was behind the attack, although Boko Haram is likely to be the prime suspect.

The rebels have been behind a series of deadly bombings across the country. The group launched an uprising five years ago, demanding an Islamic state in the religiously mixed Nigeria, the report said.

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