Boko Haram Kidnaps 25 More Girls

And there's no sign that original abducted girls will go free
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2014 2:41 PM CDT
In this file photo taken Oct. 14, people call on the Nigerian government to rescue the abducted girls.   (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga File)

(Newser) – Skeptics took a we'll-believe-it-when-we-see-it approach to the news that Boko Haram had struck a deal to release the 200 or so abducted girls in its custody. A week later, those skeptics are looking like the smart ones. Not only have no girls been set free, but Reuters reports that the group abducted 25 more girls from a remote section of northeast Nigeria. Residents of Adamawa state say insurgents attacked two villages on Saturday, the day after a ceasefire had been announced by the government, reports the Telegraph.

"We are confused that hours after the so-called ceasefire agreement has been entered between the federal government and Boko Haram insurgents, our girls were abducted by the insurgents," says John Kwaghe, who lost three daughters in one of the assaults. Reuters notes that Boko Haram has so many factions that it's possible word hasn't filtered to all its various groups. Talks between the government and a Boko Haram representative were reportedly continuing this week in Chad. (Read more Boko Haram stories.)

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