Boko Haram Abducted Residents Before Fleeing Town, Official Says

March 24, 2015 9:41 PM

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(Bloomberg) -- Islamist militant group Boko Haram may have abducted hundreds of residents from the northern Nigerian town of Damasak before it was driven out two weeks ago, according to a local politician.

Maina Maaji Lawan, a senator from the northern part of Borno province that includes Damasak, said in an interview Tuesday that the number of abductions wasn’t clear, though it wouldn’t be a surprise if it was as high as 500. Reuters reported on Tuesday that at least 400 women and children were taken...

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