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Nigerian president: release of kidnapped schoolgirls to put end to rampant terrorism

May 12, 2014, 13:05 UTC+3
Militants’ leader Abubakar Shekau threatened all the girls "will be taken into slavery, sold and given in marriage"
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan pictured on a bill board

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan pictured on a bill board

© AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba

PRETORIA, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. A release of more than 200 kidnapped girls in Nigeria in mid-April will “put an end to rampant terrorism” in the country, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said. “I believe that salvation of the girls captured by militants will be a watershed moment to finally overcome terrorism in Nigeria,” the head of the state said.

Jonathan thanked the United Kingdom, China, the US and France, who offered their help to Nigeria in search of the kidnapped teenagers.

April 14 Boko Haram militants (“Western education is a sin” – translation from the language of Hausa) kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the Lyceum in the village Chibok in the northeast of the country. According to police, 53 of them escaped, 223 remain captive. Militants’ leader Abubakar Shekau threatened all the girls "will be taken into slavery, sold and given in marriage."

Boko Haram explained the reason for attack that "Western education must be stopped and the girls have to leave the school and get married."

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