Islamic extremists 'kidnap eight more girls in Nigeria'

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls aged 12 to 15 from a village near one of their strongholds in northeast Nigeria overnight, police and residents said today.

"They were many, and all of them carried guns. They came in two vehicles painted in army colour. They started shooting in our village," said Lazarus Musa, a resident of Warabe, where the attack happened.

There have been protests against Boko Haram's kidnapping of girls. Credit: REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

A police source, who could not be named, said the girls were taken away on trucks, along with looted livestock and food.

Islamist rebels are still holding more than 200 girls they abducted from a secondary school on April 14.

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