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Nigeria admits about 100 schoolgirls abducted by Islamists are still missing

Published on Apr 18, 2014 11:36 PM

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AFP) - The Nigerian military admitted on Friday that most of the 129 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in a shocking school raid in the volatile northeast remained missing, amid fears the girls might be used as human shields or sex slaves.

The military had claimed on Wednesday that all but eight of the girls snatched from their school in the state of Borno managed to escape the gunmen's clutches, contrary to comments by the state government and the school principal.

"The defence headquarters wishes to defer to the school principal and governor's statement on the number of students still missing," defence spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a statement on Friday.

He said vigilante groups and hunters were assisting the authorities in the frantic search for the girls, who were grabbed from the Government Girls Secondary School in the Chibok area of Borno late Monday.

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