About 30 adolescents, some who are girls aged as young as 11, have been abducted in northeast Nigeria over the weekend by suspected Boko Haram members, a village chief told newsmen on Sunday.
“The insurgents… grabbed young people, boys and girls, from our region,” said Alhaji Shettima Maina, who is in charge of the Mafa village around 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the city of Maiduguri.
“They took all boys aged 13 and over… and all girls aged 11 and more. According to our information, 30 young people were abducted in the last two days.”
Another village elder, Mallam Ashiekh Mustapha, confirmed the incident. Both Men said 17 people were killed in recent attack by the Boko Haram on the nearby village of Ndongo.