Boko Haram kidnaps 8 more girls in northeast Nigeria

Female students stand in a doorway at Maiduguri Experimental School, which was burnt by the Islamist group Boko Haram last year to keep children from attending class in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria. Fear pervades this Nigerian city at heart of Islamist insurgency. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/GettyImages

Islamist extremists known as Boko Haram have kidnapped eight girls, aged 12 to 15, from a village in northeastern Nigeria, local police said Tuesday.

The group’s raid of the village comes a day after they claimed responsibility for the mass abduction of more than 300 Nigerian schoolgirls in April. According to Nigeria police, while some of the girls were able to escape, 276 remain captured.

In a video released Monday, Boko Haram leader Abukakar Shekau threatened to sell the girls “in the market.” In the video, Shekau ranted against democracy in addition to calling for Western education to end. Boko Haram, loosely translates to “Western education is forbidden” from the local Hausa language.

Amnesty International said that violence connected to Boko Haram has left 1,500 people dead in Nigeria in the first three months of this year.

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