60 more young women kidnapped in north-east Nigeria, day after ceasefire with Boko Haram announced

According to reports, sixty woman and girls from two towns in the north east Nigerian state of Adamawa have been kidnapped by suspected militants, despite claims from the government that they had settled on a truce with the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

The villages where they were kidnapped- Wagga Mangoro and Gwarta are situated close to the towns of Madagali and Michika, which have been under Boko Haram control for several weeks.

Villagers from Wagga Mangoro had told Agence France-Presse that gunman had gone door-to-door looking for young woman and girls, taking 40 of them.

“They left 1,500 naira and some kola nuts in each home where they seized a woman, apparently as a bride price,” said Lazarus Baushe, elder of the Wagga community. Another account of the kidnapping that supports several others comes from a priest from Chibok Enoch Mark, who also told AFP that 40 women were taken in the recent raid.

Although details are unclear, separate reports have said that 20 women were kidnapped in a separate raid on the village of Gwarta. However both of these raids were conducted on the same day, the day before the Nigerian government had announced that they were in talks with Boko Haram to discuss a ceasefire and releasing of the Chibok schoolgirls.

There were also hints of further talks between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government to be held on Monday in neighbouring Chad, but there were already doubts on this. Bolus Mungo Park, a vigilante fighter in Chibok said:

“This is the not the first time they have declared a truce. I don’t know if it’s going to be real. They have tried to hold dialogues before but it didn’t work. They had a ceasefire but there still attacks in some place, so we can only pray.

This has not been the only attack following the announcement of the ceasefire: on Wednesday, in the northern state of Bauchi a bomb blast at a bus station had killed five people, injuring 12 others, but no group has claimed responsibility for that attack.

A spokesman for the Nigerian government has denied that the attacks revealed the truce to be void, also giving the suggestion that they were carried out by groups other than Boko Haram. Negotiators are still apparently set on resuming talks with militant group representatives in Chad next week.

 

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