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Kidnapping of 100 Nigerian women and children believed to be dreaded Boko Haram

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
12/18/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

35 people killed in altercation in remote northeastern village

Although no one has yet claimed responsibility, the kidnapping of 100 Nigerian women and children - in addition to the ruthless slaughter of 35 other people have the bloody fingerprints of terrorist group Boko Haram all over it. The attack took place at the remote northeast village of Gumsuri.

Boko Haram has cut a bloody swath throughout the oil-rich nation of Nigeria.

Boko Haram has cut a bloody swath throughout the oil-rich nation of Nigeria.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/18/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Boko Haram, abduction, Gumsuri, Nigeria, Chibok


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - One Gumsuri resident who visited family after the attack said the insurgents came in pick-up trucks and sprayed the town with bullets from AK-47s and machineguns.

"They gathered the people, shot dead over 30 people and took away more than 100 women and children in two open-top trucks," he said.

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Self-proclaimed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau took issue with comments made by the Nigerian gove

Self-proclaimed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau took issue with comments made by the Nigerian government that they were in discussion to free the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.


A security source confirmed that more than 100 had been abducted and said 35 people had been killed, including the district head. "They also burned down a government medical center, houses and shops."

Boko Haram has cut a bloody swath throughout this oil-rich nation. Thousands of people have since been killed and many hundreds abducted by this group. Terrorist activity is especially prevalent around the north Cameroon border where the militants are well established.

One threat that Boko Haram wields steadily is cutting off isolated communities in Nigeria from one another. Entire townships are unable to radio for help. Many massacres and atrocities committed are discovered days and weeks after the fact.

Abductions linked to Boko Haram have increased in frequency over the past several months. Self-proclaimed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau took issue with comments made by the Nigerian government that they were in discussion to free the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. He proclaimed that he had "married them off" to Boko Haram commanders, in a video posted on the Internet.

The Nigerian military, which does not usually comment on security developments in the northeast, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the most recent abduction, which occurred this past Sunday.

One youth vigilante from the area called Aliyu Mamman told the press by telephone that there was no security presence to stop the militants, who stayed in the town all night before leaving.

In response, Nigeria has since sentenced 54 soldiers to death by firing squad for mutiny while fighting against insurgents in the northeast on Wednesday.

Cameroon's army killed 116 Boko Haram militants on Wednesday when they attacked a base in the Far North region of the country.

The phrase Boko Haram translates as "Western education is sinful" in English. The group is by far the gravest threat to African continent's biggest economy and top oil producer.

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