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Boko Haram Claims Responsibility for Schoolgirl Kidnapping

FILE - An unidentified mother cries out during a demonstration with others who have daughters among the kidnapped school girls of government secondary school Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria.
FILE - An unidentified mother cries out during a demonstration with others who have daughters among the kidnapped school girls of government secondary school Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria.
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The Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility on Monday for the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls during a raid in the village of Chibok in northeast Nigeria last month, the French news agency AFP reported, citing a video it had obtained.

"I abducted your girls,'' Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in the video, according to AFP. It did not immediately give further details.

Earlier Monday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan ordered top security officials to do everything possible to secure the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last month by suspected Islamist extremists.

In a broadcast appearance Sunday, Jonathan promised, "Anywhere the girls are, we will surely get them out."

The president described it as a trying and painful time and pleaded for the cooperation of parents, guardians and local communities in the rescue efforts.

The girls were abducted April 15 in the town of Chibok in Borno state.

The kidnapping has been blamed on the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, whose five-year insurgency has killed thousands.

Local officials say they believe some of the 276 missing girls have been moved across the border into Cameroon and Chad.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters

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by: Alexis Klatt from: Canada
May 05, 2014 12:32 PM
Yet another reason why religion has got to go!


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
May 05, 2014 11:51 AM
President Jonathan goofed in this late reaction. Kidnapped human beings under his nose and he's just telling us he will find them. That's balderdash! Some people claim the kidnap is a set up, not real. Some have gone ahead to demand the release of the names of those girls purportedly kidnapped. In other words, someone is playing politics with the issue of kidnapping of over 200 school girls. What an expensive joke that is!

Even if that was so, that is, some trap set to get the president run down, it has given the president a pin fall in his sluggish reaction to address the nation on the issue. It shows how insensitive and uncaring he is. What I mean is that President Jonathan should have been the first person to demand for necessary details concerning the issue and should have been able to address the nation about it within 24 hours. But he failed. Now in Nigeria, many doubt if the kidnap story is real. Some say the girls were kidnapped. Who should tell us what to believe if the president has kept mute till now?

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