Suspected Nigerian militants kidnap up to
30 women: media
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[June 10, 2014]
ABUJA (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist
Boko Haram militants have kidnapped up to 30 women from nomadic
settlements in Nigeria's northeast, close to where the group abducted
more than 200 schoolgirls, residents and Nigerian media said.
Villagers from Chibok, where the schoolgirls were grabbed in
April, told Reuters on Tuesday they had met nomads fleeing last
week's raids and saying the kidnappers were demanding cattle in
exchange for the women.
"One of them named Mohammed told me Boko Haram held the men at
gunpoint and moved from hut to hut taking the women," said Yahaya
Musa. "The abductors told them to bring a ransom of cows," said
farmer Yakub Chibok.
Police and army spokesmen said they could not confirm the accounts
that women were taken on Thursday in areas outside Chibok.
The Daily Trust newspaper, citing unnamed officials, said the
nomadic settlements hit included Bakin Kogi, Garkin Fulani and Rigar
Reports that kidnapping has continued, in the face of an army
offensive and an international outcry over the girls, will increase
political pressure on a government struggling to contain the
President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted military and intelligence
help from Washington and other powers to help find the girls. But
the militants have only upped their attacks.
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Nigeria's government and army say they are doing all they can to
free the schoolgirls, and know where they are being held. They have
ruled out exchanging them for militant prisoners and say any bid to
force their release could lead to a bloodbath.
(Reporting by Isaac Abrak; Writing by Andrew Heavens; Editing by
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