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Boko Haram abduct dozens of boys in northeast Nigeria: witnesses

Did Boko Haram Kidnap 100 Boys And Men?

Islamist militant group Boko Haram has reportedly kidnapped dozens from a remote Nigerian town. Witnesses told reporters the group kidnapped about 100 or so boys and men.

The assumption is the boys will be conscripted - forced to fight for Boko Haram, which Al Jazeera likens to the brutal tactics of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. (Video via Time)

Boko Haram is often called one of Africa's biggest threats. The group has been involved in various terrorist attacks within the past year. Since 2009, the group has been fighting for an Islamist state.

Conventional wisdom was that Nigeria was too strong to be overrun with a group like Boko Haram. But a Sky News analyst says this latest incident might prove otherwise. Corruption at the highest levels, he says, means remote villages don't get the resources they need for protection.

‚Äč"The incredible weakness in the face of a growing threat from Boko Haram of the Nigerian Armed Forces."

This is how South Africa's Daily Maverick characterizes the group's motivation: "Unhappy with the pervasive and corrosive influence of western culture, it has long sought to establish an Islamic state ... governed by its strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law."

It was just a few months ago that a video surfaced showing about 100 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram as possible bargaining chips to free imprisoned militants. (Video via Euronews)

The incident gained international attention with the "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign. Three Nigerian states have been under a state of emergency ever since.

More than 200 schoolgirls are still missing today. Boko Haram has said in the past it wants to sell the girls.

Boko Haram has killed more than 2,000 people since the beginning of this year according to Human Rights Watch.


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abqduk August 15 2014 at 11:07 AM

QUICK !!! tell Michelle Obama she needs to get her photo taken in the same posture holding the sign #Bring back our boys and get it on the internet

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autounionbailout August 15 2014 at 12:07 PM

IF HUSSEIN OBAMA HAD A SON HE WOULD LOOK LIKE BOKO HARAM

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msmith6791 August 15 2014 at 11:29 AM

Wasting their time......now, what they NEED to do is abduct about 400+ politicians from Washington DC. Now THAT would be worth something!

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billcdaly August 15 2014 at 11:32 AM

Face it, Africa and the middle east are doing their best to take us back into the middle ages.

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buddwhyzr August 15 2014 at 11:12 AM

Bozo Haram--- They are like a gang clowns targeting little boys and girls to show their laughable power. Always in a remote defenseless village.

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fUK U buddwhyzr August 15 2014 at 6:36 PM

replace Middle east with muslims

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TR by ML Neal... buddwhyzr August 16 2014 at 12:25 AM

Yep, and the USA will never go there.

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allstarcaps August 15 2014 at 12:35 PM

Time for a good, old fashion CRUSADE to wipe this pariah from the face of the earth! Time for radical Islam to remember why they fear the term Crusader!!

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frankiegallo33 August 15 2014 at 2:54 PM

Obama is finally getting his Muslim Caliphate that he has been wanting.
I'm surprised he hasn't razed and Iranian flag over our WH.

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frankiegallo33 August 15 2014 at 2:53 PM

I guess the Obama's tweets aren't working. Nobody respects the Savior's Family????????????????????

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TR by ML Neal... frankiegallo33 August 16 2014 at 12:31 AM

There you go again frankiegallo. I think you got a little sick love-fest for Barack Obama going on here. Aaaah Frankie's in love!

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mark and sheri TR by ML Neal... August 16 2014 at 1:00 AM

Excuse me, but the POTUS and FLOTUS led us all to believe they were "handling" this. Check the news reports.

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Dick August 15 2014 at 3:34 PM

He should move to St. Louis and help out his relatives steal more crap!!!

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TR by ML Neal... Dick August 16 2014 at 12:30 AM

Dick stop being a....dick.

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lklex August 15 2014 at 3:09 PM

So, where's the Bring Back Our Boys campaign? Silence here = sexism.

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