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Suspected Islamists Abduct 40 People in Northeast Nigeria

This Friday Oct. 31, 2014 image taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, center, has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said Friday more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off. (AP Photo)
This Friday Oct. 31, 2014 image is taken from video by Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist network, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, center. (AP Photo)

 

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters)—Gunmen abducted 40 boys and young men from a remote village in northeast Nigeria in a raid that residents and a security source blamed on Boko Haram, the Islamist group that has gained worldwide notoriety for mass kidnappings.

Witness Mohammed Zarami said the gunmen arrived at the village of Malari around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, heavily armed but did not fire shots or kill anyone.

“People ran out of their houses in fear but they warned no one should disobey them,” Zarami told Reuters in the northeast city of Maiduguri, where he had fled to on foot.

 

 

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