Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds in northern Nigeria town: residents

March 24, 2015 4:41 PM

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Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds in northern Nigeria town: residents

DAMASAK, Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants have kidnapped more than 400 women and children from the northern Nigerian town of Damasak that was freed this month by troops from Niger and Chad, residents said on Tuesday.

There was no immediate official confirmation of the figure, but the Islamist group has previously carried out mass kidnappings. Boko Haram's abduction last April of nearly 300 schoolgirls in the region stirred international outrage and drew global attention to the group's six-year insurgency.

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