Heavily armed Islamic extremists abducted as many as 200 teen girls from their boarding school in northeastern Nigeria to use as cooks and sex slaves.
CNN reports dozens of Islamic extremists from the Boko Haram terrorist network stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, about 130 km (81 miles) west of Maiduguri, on Monday night as the students slept in their dormitories.
The Islamic extremists engaged the soldiers guarding the school in a lengthy gun battle and then herded the girls onto vehicles. Witnesses said they saw gunmen arrive in trucks and on motorcycles and overpowered soldiers that had been guarding the school ahead of their yearly exams.
Officials said the gunmen killed a soldier and police officer and took off with at least 100 students and as many as 200.
Boko Haram is a radical Islamic group that has previously attacked schools in the northeast as part of their anti-government rebellion. According to media reports, the Islamic extremists have been abducting teen girls to use as cooks and sex slaves.
Founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2001, Boko Haram is an Islamic movement which strongly opposes any western education. The name, “Boko Haram,” means “Western education is sacrilege” in the Hausa language of Nigeria’s north. The Islamic extremist group has been waging war on Nigeria’s weak central government, and demanding strict Shariah law be adopted across the multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people.
More than 1,500 people have been killed so far this year in attacks blamed on Boko Haram.
In a video clip released by the group on March 23, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau threatened to launch raids and abduct girls from schools.