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In the company of armed militants, Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau laughed as he claimed in a recently released video,
“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah. Allah has instructed me to sell them. They are his property and I will carry out his instructions.”
Now we learn that more girls have been abducted as the U.S. prepares to send military personnel, law enforcement personnel and others with experience in intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiation and victims’ assistance, per White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Concerns about the amount of time which has gone by since the kidnapping (22 days) he mentioned, time is of the essence.
“Appropriate action must be taken to locate and to free these young women before they are trafficked or killed.”
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, today. He welcomed the secretary’s offer to send support to discuss assistance.
The latest abductions appear to be very similar to the Chibok kidnapping of what is now claimed to be near 300 girls.
The Telegraph is reporting that Islamic militants kidnapped eight girls aged between 12 and 15 from a village (Warabe) near one of their strongholds in northeast Nigeria.
“They came in two vehicles painted in army colour. They started shooting in our village.”
A police source said the girls were taken away in the early hours of Tuesday on trucks, along with looted livestock and food. The Islamist rebels are still holding 276 girls.
In the Chibok attack, as with the Warabe seizure, the militants arrived disguised as soldiers.
A 16-year-old girl told AP she remembered them saying. “Don’t worry, we’re soldiers, Nothing is going to happen to you.”
The gunmen commanded the hundreds of students at the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School to gather outside. The men went into a storeroom and removed all the food. Then they set fire to the room.
“They started shouting, ‘Allahu Akhbar,’ (God is great),” the 16-year-old student said. “And we knew.”
A 16-year-old girl and her friend jumped out, and managed to escape by running into the forest when a terrorist vehicle broke down.
Though warned just prior to the attack, local officials were unable to fight off the nearly 200 militant invasion.
Due to the voices of many concerned citizens, globally in protest of these evil crimes, we are finally seeing more media attention and world governments stirring to action. The U.S. is preparing to get involved in their rescue, while Britain is also prepared to send special forces and intelligence-gathering aircraft to Nigeria to help aid in their rescue. Obviously the Nigerian government is incapable of eradicating this dire threat not only for Christians, but all Nigerian citizens.
We pray there will be new operations planned and put into action to aid in the elimination of the vile terrorist group who are filled with nothing but hatred. And bring peace and stability to an area Voice of the Persecuted not only reports on, but have one of our own deep in the trenches of what is now being called the Afghanistan of Nigeria. Please don’t stop raising your voices and keep Nigeria in your prayers. Pray for protection.
By L. Kanalos