Skip to content

Nation holds breath over fate of 100 kidnapped schoolgirls

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/21/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Boko Haram believed to have abducted students at Nigerian school

More than one hundred Nigerian schoolgirls remain missing after a brazen nighttime kidnapping believed to have been carried out by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. The military was forced last to retract an earlier statement that most of the captives had been released.

Gunmen raided the school after shooting both a solder and a policemen down in cold blood before herding the students onto trucks and driving away, according to police and eyewitnesses.The gunmen were members of the Islamist group calling itself Boko Haram.

Gunmen raided the school after shooting both a solder and a policemen down in cold blood before herding the students onto trucks and driving away, according to police and eyewitnesses.The gunmen were members of the Islamist group calling itself Boko Haram.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/21/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Nigeria, Boko Haram, abduction, schoolgirls


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Friends and relatives of the missing students were understandably upset with the retraction. Some parents have reportedly have begun to search for themselves in a forested area where the Islamist Boko Haram is known to have hideouts.

It marked yet another setback in the military's campaign against the terrorists. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency last year in three northern states, granting armed forces sweeping powers and vowing to "win this war against terror."

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!

The situation has only worsened over the past year. The first few months of 2014 have witnessed more than 1,500 deaths, making the still-young year of 2014 the deadliest yet in Boko Haram's jihad, which began escalating in 2009.

The seizure of 129 secondary schoolgirls occurred in Borno, one of the three state of emergency states, just hours after a bombing. Seventy-five people in the capital, Abuja were killed in related violence, making it the deadliest terrorist attack ever in the city.

Gunmen raided the school after shooting both a solder and a policemen down in cold blood before herding the students onto trucks and driving away, according to police and eyewitnesses.

Fourteen of the abducted students managed to escape their captors. Military spokesman Chris Olukolade then incorrectly said in a statement that all but eight of the remaining girls had been released.

After the school's principal and Borno state officials disputed that, Olukolade issued a retraction the following day. He said the earlier information had come from troops on the ground involved in the search operation and that "there was no reason to doubt this official channel."

Olukolade rejected accusations that the military was trying to deceive the public.

"Like all other citizens, the military is deeply concerned to ensure that the students are safe and freed alive," he said. "There is indeed no reason to play politics with the precious lives of the students."

Borno's state governor, Kashim Shettima, has offered 50 million naira ($300,000) for any information leading to the rescue of the missing girls.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for MAY 2017
Christians in Africa.
That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.


Comments


More Africa

Christian barber killed by masked men in shop - ISIS vows to increase attacks on Christians Watch

Image of Egyptian Christian killed outside his barbershop.

Forty-year-old Nabeel Saber Fawzi was in his barbershop in El-Arish, Egypt when four masked gunmen broke in. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Miracle in Nigeria - 82 Chibok schoolgirls RELEASED by terrorist group Boko Haram Watch

Image of Chibok schoool girls were released from Boko Haram.

In April 2014, the world was stunned when 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Nigerian terrorist organization Boko Haram. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


What did Egyptian zombies eat? A new discovery provides clues Watch

Image of The Egyptians believed their dead would arise and look for food...

Archaeologists have discovered the first ever example of an Egyptian funerary garden. The existence of such gardens has long been ... continue reading


Why did Pope Francis encourage Egyptian 'fanaticism?' Watch

Image of The only Egyptian fanaticism Pope Francis condones is that for God (AFP/Virginie Nguyen).

On Saturday Pope Francis told Egyptian Catholics that truly living the faith means ridding ourselves of hypocritical attitudes and focusing ... continue reading


Pope Francis arrives in Egypt to deliver messages of solidarity with persecuted Coptic Christians Watch

Image of Pope Francis will meet with Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria.

Pope Francis has arrived in Egypt to deliver a message of solidarity and peace to the people of that country. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.