Nigeria: Fate of 100+ abducted girls unknown

2014-04-17 14:00
The new calculations showed that the economy grew $453bn in 2012 and expects a jump to $509bn for 2013. (Shutterstock)

The new calculations showed that the economy grew $453bn in 2012 and expects a jump to $509bn for 2013. (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Maiduguri - The fate of more than 100 girls and young women abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty on Thursday when their school principal denied a report from Nigeria's military that almost all the students were free.

"Up till now we are still waiting and praying for the safe return of the students ... the security people, especially the vigilantes and the well-meaning volunteers of Gwoza are still out searching for them. The military people too are in the bush searching," the principal, Asabe Kwambura, told The Associated Press by telephone.

She said only 14 of the 129 girls kidnapped by gunmen before dawn on Tuesday have returned to Chibok town — four who jumped from the back of a truck and 10 who escaped into the bush when their abductors asked them to cook a meal.

Major General Chris Olukolade, the Defense Ministry spokesperson, said in a statement late on Wednesday night that all but eight of the students have been accounted for. "The others have been freed this evening," he said.

Olukolade could not immediately be reached for further comment.

Kwambura was adamant: "So let it be clear that all the information passed on to the media by the military concerning 107 girls is not true."

Massive explosion

Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima offered a reward of some $300 000 for information leading to the release of the young women, aged between 16 and 18.

The government had reported that security forces were in hot pursuit of the militants.

The Boko Haram extremist network has been on a rampage this week, blamed for four attacks in three days that started with a massive explosion at a busy bus station during the Monday morning rush hour in Abuja, the capital, that killed at least 75 people.

Two attacks in northeastern villages killed 20 people on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

More than 1 500 people have been killed this year, compared to an estimated 3 600 between 2010 and 2013.

The attacks undermine government and military claims that security forces are containing the uprising that began five years ago in the extreme northeast of the country.
- AP
Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  abductions  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!

Soon sending an LOL! or facepalm will be so much more fun!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Puppy goes crazy over iPad game
Printable solar panels will bring exciting new opportunities!
Now there’s a special lane for texting while walking
LOL! 7 brutally honest texts from parents

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to fight against the current today but this will just use up a lot of energy and not get you very far. You...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.