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Islamists abduct more than 100 girls from Nigeria school

Heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists abducted more than 100 girls from a secondary school in northeast Nigeria, sparking a search by soldiers to track down the attackers, a security source and witnesses said Tuesday. Some of the schoolgirls in the Chibok area of southern Borno state narrowly escaped their kidnappers by jumping off a truck in the middle of the night as the gunmen sought to cart them away, according to multiple witnesses.

Nigeria rebels abduct schoolgirls, government says will protect 'African Davos'

By Felix Onuah and Lanre Ola ABUJA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist insurgents abducted more than 100 female students in a night raid on a government secondary school in Nigeria's northeast Borno state, a teacher said on Tuesday. The gunmen, believed to be members of the Boko Haram Islamist group which has attacked schools in the northeast before as part of their anti-government rebellion, carried off the students from the school in Chibok late on Monday.

Islamists abduct more than 100 girls from Nigeria school

Heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped more than 100 girls from a school in northeast Nigeria, sparking a search by soldiers to track down the attackers, a security source and witnesses said Tuesday. The unprecedented mass abduction in Borno state came hours after a bomb blast ripped through a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, killing 75 people, the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria's capital.

Suspected Islamist rebels abduct over 100 Nigeria schoolgirls: teacher

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist insurgents have abducted more than 100 female students from a secondary school in Nigeria's northeast Borno state, a teacher said on Tuesday. "Over 100 female students in our government secondary school at Chibok have been abducted," Audu Musa, who teaches in another public school in the area, said, adding the abductors were believed to be members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect who have previously attacked schools in the northeast.

Nigeria capital beefs up security after deadly bombing

Nigerian police boosted security across Abuja on Tuesday after a bomb blast ripped through a packed bus station killing at least 75 people, the deadliest attack ever to hit the capital. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu, who visited some major hospitals in Abuja where the wounded are being treated, gave a new death toll of 75, three higher than the previous toll. Another 141 people were wounded in the blast, he said -- lower than the figure released Monday.

Islamists abduct 'many' schoolgirls in Nigeria

Heavily armed Islamist gunmen kidnapped a group of girls from a secondary school in northeast Nigeria's Borno state and torched the surrounding town, a local official and a witness told AFP. "Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles," said Emmanuel Sam, an education official in the town of Chibok, where the attack took place on Monday. The attackers are suspected to be members of Boko Haram, a radical Islamist group whose name means "Western education is forbidden".

Nigeria pledges massive security for World Economic Forum event

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria will mount a massive security operation to protect a World Economic Forum on Africa planned in Abuja next month, following the bomb attack by suspected Islamist militants on the capital's outskirts on Monday, the event's Nigerian hosts said.

Nigeria capital beefs up security after deadly bombing

Nigeria police boosted security across Abuja on Tuesday after a bomb blast ripped through a packed bus station killing at least 72 people, the deadliest attack ever to hit the capital. The slaughter on the outskirts of Abuja has raised fears that a deadly insurgency waged by Boko Haram Islamists may be spreading from the remote northeast areas the group has primarily targeted in recent months. Police have "beefed up security" after the attack at the Nyanya bus station a few kilometres south of the city-centre, said spokesman Altine Daniel.

Nigeria capital beefs up security after deadly bombing

Nigeria police boosted security across Abuja on Tuesday after a bomb blast ripped through a packed bus station killing at least 72 people, the deadliest attack ever to hit the capital. The slaughter on the outskirts of Abuja has raised fears that a deadly insurgency waged by Boko Haram Islamists may be spreading from the remote northeast areas the group has primarily targeted in recent months. Police have "beefed up security" after the attack at the Nyanya bus station a few kilometres south of the city-centre, said spokesman Altine Daniel.

World Economic Forum pledges safe Nigeria meet after attack

The World Economic Forum on Tuesday said its Africa summit will be held in Nigeria's capital next month despite a bomb attack on the outskirts of the city that killed at least 71 people. The bombing blamed on Boko Haram Islamists targeted morning commuters at the Nyanya bus terminal south of the city-centre and was the deadliest attack ever in Abuja. "These tragic events will not stop us from delivering on our promise to host a world-class meeting next month," the forum said it a statement.
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