Suspected Islamist gunmen abducted about 20 women from a nomadic settlement near the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped two months ago, a local official said.
The ethnic Fulani women were taken after the assailants attacked a settlement known as Garkin Fulani at midday yesterday and ordered the women into their vehicles at gunpoint, Alhaji Tar, a member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, said in a phone interview. They were driven off to an unknown location, he said.
“We got the information that they went there and took away the women at the time none of the males were there,” Tar said. “The three young men they met there could not help the women, as the gunmen also ordered the three of them to enter the Hilux vans and took all of them away.”
Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group whose insurgency against Nigeria’s government has killed thousands of people over the past five years, abducted more than 200 girls from a school in Chibok in April. The U.S. and U.K. sent teams to Nigeria to help the government find the schoolgirls, and Israel and France have pledged assistance.