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Boko Haram Blamed For Another Mass Kidnapping In Nigeria

A local vigilante group says suspected Boko Haram militants abducted a total of 91 people, including young girls and babies.

Boko Haram Blamed For Another Mass Kidnapping In Nigeria
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‚ÄčThere are reports of another mass abduction in Nigeria. And although there's been no claim of responsibility, once again, the blame is falling on Boko Haram.

That's the same militant Islamist group that abducted over 200 schoolgirls from their boarding school in northwest Nigeria just two months ago. (Via BBC

Boko Haram is still thought to be holding the girls but has threatened to sell them if the Nigerian military attempts a rescue mission. (Via TVC

These latest abductions reportedly took place during a series of raids across villages in Borno State. (Via Google

But because of how remote this region is, even Nigerian outlets have had a tough time verifying what happened — leading to some conflicting reports. 

According to Voice of America, witnesses say suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnapped 60 married women and girls and 31 boys.  

Nigeria's Premium Times reports young girls and babies were among the victims. 

But Nigeria's defense headquarters has yet to confirm the kidnappings even took place. (Via Twitter / @DefenceInfoNG)

The number of casualties is also unclear. The Telegraph quotes a member of a local vigilante group who says four villagers were killed during the raids. 

Local outlets put the death toll closer to 30. (Via Vanguard

Nigeria has seen attacks almost daily in recent months with security forces seeming powerless to do much about it. (Via CNN, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Daily Mail)

Most recently, a bombing at a medical college blamed on suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least eight people. (Via Al Jazeera

Just days before, 14 died in a recent explosion at a World Cup screening in northern Nigeria. As the Los Angeles Times notes, authorities had warned such viewing parties could be targeted by groups like Boko Haram that consider soccer to be "un-Islamic."

Amnesty International says during the first three months of this year alone, an estimated 1,500 Nigerians died at the hands of Boko Haram. (Via CCTV)