The Boko Haram Takfiri terror group has kidnapped nearly two dozen girls and women in two separate attacks in northeast Nigeria as fears grow of more such raids amid the Nigerian military’s failure to contain the ISIS-linked militancy.
Witnesses said that in one of the incidents, Boko Haram militants raided the village of Pulka in the volatile state of Borno near the border with Cameroon, abducting 18 girls.
A Pulka community leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the militants arrived in pickup vans in the morning and “seized 14 young girls aged 17 and below” while residents were running away into the bush.
Nigeria has been at war with Boko Haram since the group launched militancy in Borno State about eight years ago. More than 20,000 people have been killed while the violence has displaced over 2.7 million others.