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Boko Haram Kidnaps 100 Nigerian Boys

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The Islamist militant group Boko Haram kidnapped about 100 boys and young men from a remote northeastern Nigerian town, a vigilante group said.

Boko Haram’s Aug. 10 attack on Doron Baga in Borno State also left 10 people dead, Hassan Ibrahim, a member of the vigilante group, said by phone today from the state capital of Maiduguri.

Ibrahim said he believed the men will be “forcefully conscripted” to fight for the Islamists, who killed at least 2,053 people in the first half of the year, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch.

Boko Haram has been fighting since 2009 to impose Islamic law on Africa’s biggest economy and oil producer. The group whose name in the local Hausa language broadly translates as “western education is a sin,” drew global outrage when it abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from their dormitories in April and threatened to sell them into slavery. Most of the girls are still missing.

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