Terrorists kidnap 17 girls in northeastern Nigeria

Abuja terrorists in Nigeria have abducted 17 girls in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said on Saturday that troops from West African nations “remain categorically opposed to terrorists.” ..

Members of the Boko Haram terrorist group attacked Pemi, a village in the Chibok local government area of ​​Borno, on Thursday, two residents told The Associated Press. The state is home to a decade of Boko Haram rebellions against the Nigerian government.

In a statement late Friday, terrorist groups also claimed responsibility for killing “many Christians” and setting fire to two churches and several homes during an attack on the town of Bimi in Borno.

Authorities have accused Boko Haram of killing tens of thousands of people in neighboring countries of Nigeria and West Africa.

The kidnapping of a girl from Pemi recalled the kidnapping of 276 female students in 2014 in the remote town of Chibok, 80 miles south of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno. Over 100 abducted students remain missing.

According to local leader Hassan Chibok, terrorists targeted churches and Christians when they attacked Pemi on Thursday.

“They were shooting sporadically after going around the community,” Chibok said. “Some had no way out, so I kidnapped 17 girls,” he said, with eight of the girls coming from one household.

Nigerian military and government officials did not immediately respond to AP’s request for comment on the abduction.

Another resident, Yana Galan, said terrorists destroyed church buildings and targeted nearby homes.

“Some of them [the abducted girls] It’s been 10, 11 and 12 years, “Gallan said. “They just parked their car near the compound. As a kid, they just carried them and put them in the car.”

Nigerian army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu told AP on Friday that terrorists were “desperate” to expand their influence. He commented on a video from a sect of Boko Haram aimed at showing a child soldier executing a Nigerian soldier.

“With the massive surrender of our army, their class of Inblogrio, and Boko Haram, terrorists are desperate to strengthen their power with the child soldiers they can easily teach. We are embarking on a recruitment drive for, operate, and manage economically cheaply, “says Nwachukwu.

Boko Haram and its separatist, the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP), remain “very, very dangerous” in northeastern Nigeria, UN Humanitarian Director Martin Griffiths said this week.

The rebellion and the resulting humanitarian crisis told AP, “It’s very difficult to deter. [and] A serious, clear and present danger. “

Security analysts told AP that one of the challenges Nigerian troops usually face in eradicating rebels is the use of women and children as covers during airstrikes.

“They also recruit children, minors, they engage as child soldiers, and women use them as sex slaves,” said military spokesman Nwachukwu.

By Chinedu Asadu

Associated Press