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Nigerians Mark 6 Months Since Schoolgirl Abductions

FILE - Image from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, shows missing girls alleged to be abducted April 14, from the northeastern town of Chibok, May 12, 2014.

Parents and supporters in Nigeria have marked six months since Islamists abducted more than 200 girls from a secondary school.

Nigerian police on Tuesday blocked protesters demanding the release of the schoolgirls from marching on the president's official residence in the capital, Abuja.

On April 14, dozens of fighters from Islamist militant group Boko Haram stormed an undefended secondary school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok, carting away around 270 girls, more than 200 of whom remain in captivity.

Fifty-seven managed to escape and Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau later threatened to sell the remainder as slave brides, vowing they would not be released until militant prisoners were freed from jail.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been criticized at home and abroad for his slow response to the kidnapping and for the inability of Nigerian troops to quell the violence by the militants, seen as the biggest security threat to Africa's top economy and leading energy producer.

Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.