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Tuesday, 17 May 2022 11:32 GMT

Thirty adolescents abducted in northeast Nigeria


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Around 30 adolescents - some of them girls aged as young as 11 - have been abducted in northeast Nigeria over the weekend by suspected Boko Haram rebels, a local village chief said 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 capital of Borno state. "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. Both men said 17 people were also killed in recent days in a Boko Haram attack on the nearby village of Ndongo.

In April, the group snatched more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in northeast Nigeria, triggering an international outcry.

The latest kidnapping comes despite the Nigerian government declaring a truce with the insurgents and the army retaking control of Abadam in the north-east on Saturday.


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