by Illia Djadi, WorldWatchMonitor
The number of Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram continues to increase, as does global outrage.
Between eight and 11 more teen-aged girls were kidnapped May 4 by the Islamist group, which on April 14 abducted more than 230 schoolgirls, most of them reported to be Christian, from the northeastern town of Chibok.
According to local sources, a group of heavily armed men stormed the village of Warabe, near Gwoza town in Borno state, on the night of Sunday, May 4. They opened fire in the village before taking away eight girls between ages 12 and 15. News reports said the attackers then invaded a village five kilometres away, and abducted three more girls.
On Monday, Boko Haram, which has waged a five-year violent campaign to impose Islamic law across Nigeria, claimed responsibility for the abduction of the students attending school in Chibok.
“I have kidnapped the girls. I will sell them on the market in the name of Allah,” said a man reputed to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in a 57-minute video, obtained by the Agence France Presse news agency.
“I’ll sell them as slaves in the name of Allah. There is a market where they sell human beings,’’ said the man on the video.
“I said that Western education must stop. Girls must leave school and get married,” the man said. “I would give a 12-year-old girl in marriage; I would give in marriage even a 9-year-old girl.”