May 7 - Further abductions in Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram Islamists despite outcry over kidnap of more than 200 schoolgirls last month. Paul Chapman reports.
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Protests in the Nigerian capital are growing over the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by Islamist Boko Haram gunmen.
On the day of this protest eight more girls were seized from a village near one of the group's strongholds.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) YASMIN OTHMAN, PRESIDENT OF AFRICAN WOMEN AGRIBUSINESS NETWORK SAYING:
"This is a time for well-meaning people to stand up and be counted in this country."
Nigeria's government is welcoming an offer of U.S. help to find and rescue the missing girls conveyed by Secretary of State John Kerry.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) REUBEN ABATI, NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, SAYING:
"Mr Kerry assured President Jonathan that the United States is fully committed to giving Nigeria all required support and assistance to save the abducted girls and bring the reign of terror unleashed on parts of the country by Boko Haram to an end."
Rallies in the U.S. demanding the return of the missing girls have gathered strength as Nigeria's government has been criticised for responding too slowly.
On Tuesday there were protests in Washington, Los Angeles and New York.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) LAOLU AKANGDE, PROTESTER, SAYING:
"Very very very concerned because you have a group of very despicable and devilish human beings who have no value for human life."
(SOUNDBITE)(English) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER, SAYING:
"We are demanding that the Nigerian president should get off his butt and go after the terrorists and bring back our girls."
Members of the U.S. Congress commemorated the missing girls outside the Capitol building in Washington.
Despite the furore Boko Haram's leader on Monday threatened to sell the girls abducted on April 14th into slavery.
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