Boko Haram Reportedly Strikes Again, Abducting at Least 90 Women and Children

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June 24 2014 7:05 PM

Boko Haram Reportedly Strikes Again, Abducting at Least 90 Women and Children

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Female students stand in a classroom burnt by Boko Haram militants in Borno, Nigeria.

Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/GettyImages

The notorious Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria are suspected in the reported kidnapping of at least 90 people—60 women and girls and 30 schoolboys—on Tuesday, barely two months after their abduction of 273 schoolgirls raised global awareness of the terrorism crisis in the West African nation.

Leaders of vigilante groups in the area said the kidnappings happened in Kummabza village in Borno —the state where a bulk of the Boko Haram attacks have transpired since the violent insurgency began in 2009. Four villagers who tried to escape were reportedly killed.

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If Boko Haram was indeed responsible for the attack, it would be their second assault on civilians this week: on Monday they are believed to have bombed a medical school in the north-central city of Kano, killing eight people.

Irene Chidinma Nwoye is a writer and former Slate intern in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.