Bahrain demands release of kidnapped Nigerian school girls

Bahrain demands release of kidnapped Nigerian school girls

MANAMA, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Bahrain's women union on Wednesday condemned the abduction of 300 Nigerian school girls by a terrorist group, calling for the immediate release of the girls.

Members of Bahrain Women Union met on Tuesday with the UN officials in Bahrain to submit an open letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, expressing their solidarity with the kidnapped school girls.

Militants from the terrorist group commonly known as Boko Haram kidnapped the girls on April 14 from a government girls secondary school in the town of Chibok, in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state.

"We are sending a message to the global community that Bahrain' s women stand united in condemning this crime and we would like to see these school girls released immediately," the union said.

In Tuesday's meeting, UN Resident Coordinator Peter Grohmann expressed the deepest concern on the "appalling crime" and reiterated the demand for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted school girls.

Bahrain's largest opposition group Al Wefaq National Islamic Society earlier also called for the immediate release of the girls and for ending the exploitation of women for political purposes.

The abduction of the girls makes certain that these groups do not represent Islam or Muslims, the Women Affairs Department in the group said. The kidnapping "has nothing to do with Islam and is an alarming and ugly crime."