Boko Haram seizes Chibok, hometown of 276 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - Boko Haram has seized the town of Chibok in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, from where 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped more than six months ago, a local pastor and a senator told AFP on Friday.

"Chibok was taken by Boko Haram. They are in control," said Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor whose daughter and niece are among the 219 teenagers still being held.

Mark and the senator for southern Borno, Ali Ndume, said the militants attacked at about 4 pm (11pm Singapore time) on Thursday, destroying communications masts and forcing residents to flee.