Over 185 teenage girl students still missing after Nigeria school attack

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Shoe left behind by abuducted girl student
A blurry image of one shoe left behind that is thought to belong to one of the abducted girl students at northeastern Nigeria’s Chibok secondary (high) school can be seen where more than 230 girls were abducted by force by gunmen on April 14, 2014. Approximately 44 girls have been reported to have escaped their captors on their own following the attack. Image: NDTV

(WNN) Chibok, NIGERIA, WESTERN AFRICA: As confusion over the correct exact count of abducted and missing girls in Nigeria’s Borno State continues, parents have reported that 234 of their daughters are still missing after some parents have taken rescue into their own hands entering what locals call ‘dangerous forest territories’ following the Monday April 14 attack that included the destruction and torching of a Chibok secondary (high) school.

The high school that is located in the northeastern region of Nigeria had girl students attending who were between 16 to 18 years-of-age. Surrounded by armed attackers as sections of the school buildings were set on fire, the missing girls have been reported to have been in their dorm rooms at approximately 11 p.m. following a school day when they were taken away by force.

Now working to track the Nigerian insurgents known as Boko Haram local police as well as regional and the Nigerian government is pointing its efforts at the Islamic extremist group who has worked for years to bomb and destroy what they consider to be ‘Western non-Islamic based’ schools in the northeastern Nigerian region.

With a history of armed violence, intimidation and bombings, including previous school bombings and abductions of children, Boko Haram not only opposes all Western schools, hospitals and police stations, but also any cultural heritage or what is perceived as ‘knowledge that comes from the West’.

Believing that Western education (Boko) is ‘forbidden’ (Haram), the group was started by radical Salafist Cleric Mohammed Yusuf in 2004 with the goal to implement a strict version of Shariah (religious) law throughout Nigeria. Along with this the goal in what global religious scholars have outlined, has been to promote an extremist reinterpretation of original religious Holy Qur’anic texts, continues.

In 2009 39-year-old Yusuf, who spoke perfect English and lived what those who were closest to him knew as a ‘lavish’ lifestyle, died while trying to escape police custody.

Yesterday in a continuing campaign of intimidation a man who announced himself in a public video release as the current leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, claimed that Boko Haram was responsible for the recent April 14 bus station bombing in Abuja, Nigeria. The bus station suicide bombing killed 75 people and injured more than 100. No word or mention of the abduction of the girls from the Chibok high school was made by Shekau in the video release.

According to the most recent BBC report, 44 of the missing 234 girls have escaped from their captors on their own.

“None of these girls were rescued by the military, they managed to escape on their own from their abductors,” outlined Chibok high school teacher Asabe Kwambura to the BBC news.


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