In 2014 we reported that Boko Haram militants in Nigeria had kidnapped hundreds of innocent schoolgirls. Today, we learn that the Islamist militant group has abducted 40 boys and young men and killed scores of soldiers in a bold attack on a multinational military base in northeast Nigeria.
According to reports, the militants descended on the village of Malari and urged people to come out and listen to a sermon. “After telling us that they wanted to preach to us, they began to select young men aged between 12 and 25,” one villager told AP. “I was lucky to escape because they only selected very young and able-bodied men.”
Boko Haram drew international condemnation with the April 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls. Dozens of the girls escaped on their own, but 219 remain missing.
Hundreds of other boys, girls, young men and women have been kidnapped by the insurgents. Some who escaped say the males are forced to fight for Boko Haram, while females are used as sex slaves and suicide bombers.