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Nigerian schoolgirls still missing a week after mass abduction

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:19

April 22 - Militants from Boko Haram have abducted 234 girls from a school in Nigeria's Borno state. Nathan Frandino reports.

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As Nigerian government officials survey a destroyed school, families wait in agony in the country's Borno state. Parents say more than 230 schoolgirls are still missing after being abducted by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram a week ago. (SOUNDBITE) (Hausa) ABDUCTED GIRL, AMINA SHAWOK, SAYING: "We thought they were soldiers and they asked us to board a vehicle which was headed towards Damboa and my friends and I jumped from the vehicle and ran back home because we realized they didn't look innocent to us." Officials originally put the number of abducted girls much lower, angering parents. The attack underlines how powerless the military has become at protecting civilians in parts of the country. One school teacher said the attackers burned everything. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCHOOL TEACHER, GALTI SHETTIMA, SAYING: "They trooped in around eleven, then they said they are army, let the children not run away, they will rescue them. After they bombed all everything, then they packed them back to … they drove them before then they put them into a car and run out with them so this is what actually happened." The school raids seem targeted at deterring parents from giving their children a western-style education.

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Nigerian schoolgirls still missing a week after mass abduction

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:19