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Boko Haram girls were not freed in heroic mission after all, Nigerian officials admit

Added: 24.02.2018 6:26 | 0 views | 0 comments


Nigerian officials have apologised after falsely claiming to have staged a dramatic rescue of a group of schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction by Boko Haram on Monday night. Officials in northern Yobe State had claimed on Wednesday to have rescued at least 50 of the girls, in what they described as a "gallant" mission by the Nigerian army. But late on Thursday night, they told families of the missing girls that there had in fact been no rescue at all, saying that the claims had been based on "unreliable" information from the security forces. "We have now established that the information we relied on to make the statement was not credible," said Yobi state spokesman Abdullahi Bego. "The Yobe State government apologises for that." The admission came amid claims from parents that four days after the initial kidnapping in the town of Dapchi, more than 100 girls remain unaccounted for.  At least five parents who were present fainted with the shock upon being told at an official briefing that their daughters were still missing after all. Boko Haram oppression in Nigeria, in pictures One parent, Kundiri Alhaji Bukar, told BBC Hausa language service: ''[The governor] said soldiers were dispatched but the military commander told him they could not locate the girls with the Boko Haram militants. He said no-one is really sure whether the girls were taken away by Boko Haram. But we on our part, we believe Boko Haram abducted the children." The backtracking by the Yobe state officials comes amid growing concerns about the government's handling of the incident. When reports of the attack on the school first surfaced earlier this week, officials initially claimed there had been no abductions at all, and that the missing girls had simply fled to surrounding villages. Critics have drawn comparisons with the government's handling of the notorious Chibok school abduction case in 2014, where officials likewise made a series of denials and contradictory statements before admitting that some 276 children had gone missing. As of Friday morning there was still no solid information on the number of girls believed to be missing. While some are thought to have been abducted, others may have fled to safety in surrounding villages and simply not yet contacted their parents. Mobile phone reception is limited in much of Nigeria's remote rural north. Sandals are strewn in the yard of the Government Girls Science and Technical College staff quarters in Dapchi, Nigeria, on February 22, 2018  Credit: AMINU ABUBAKAR/AFP/Getty Images On Wednesday, government officials told the Reuters news agency that around 50 girls were still missing. But one parent, Bashir Manzo, told the Associated Press news agency that parents had presented the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, with a list of 101 missing children at Thursday's official briefing. “[Mr Gaidam] told us the girls have not been found and we should continue to pray for their safe return,” another parent, Rabiu Sani, told the AP.   The flow of official misinformation over the case is likely anger President Muhamamdu Buhari, who was critical of his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan's handling of the Chibok case. Earlier this week, he despatched a team of ministers to the area in an attempt to demonstrate that he was responding quickly to the situation. “I share the anguish of all the parents and guardians of the girls that remain unaccounted for,” Mr Buhari tweeted on Wednesday evening. “I would like to assure them that we are doing all in our power to ensure the safe return of all the girls.”

Reward offered after third horse since November is killed in Southeast Texas

Added: 24.02.2018 4:15 | 0 views | 0 comments

There's no more Sunshine for a 5-year-old girl in Southeast Texas. That's because Sunshine, a horse belonging to little Arian Brock, was found dead earlier this week -- apparently killed by an arrow.

From: feeds.foxnews.com

Olympics: Curling - Sth Koreans pray Garlic Girls can score crushing victory

Added: 24.02.2018 3:29 | 0 views | 0 comments

Ninety-two-year-old Kim Won-hee doesn't know much about the sport of curling, but she and millions of other South Koreans are counting on her granddaughter, skipper of the "Garlic Girls", to lead the nation to an historic gold medal on Sunday.

From: feeds.reuters.com

U.S. gymnasts speak of eating disorders, emotional abuse, training on broken bones

Added: 23.02.2018 23:46 | 0 views | 0 comments

They were little girls with dreams of Olympic gold when they started in gymnastics. Now they're women with lifelong injuries, suffocating anxiety and debilitating eating disorders.

From: globalnews.ca

Victoria Beckham Trades Heels for Crutches After Suffering Injury

Added: 23.02.2018 16:41 | 0 views | 0 comments

Victoria Beckham won't be wearing her beloved heels for a while. The 43-year-old fashion designer and Spice Girls singer posted on her Instagram page on Friday a photo of herself...

From: uk.eonline.com

South Korean Women Win Thriller In Curling, Putting 'Garlic' Gold In Reach

Added: 23.02.2018 13:42 | 0 views | 0 comments

Their historic run on the Olympic sheet has captured the hearts of their host country. Now, after a clutch semifinal win Friday, the so-called "Garlic Girls" have a shot to capture gold, too.

From: www.npr.org

Self-Proclaimed Polygamist Prophet Pleads Guilty to Child Rape After Police Discover 4 Girls in Raid

Added: 23.02.2018 13:09 | 0 views | 0 comments


The girls were found hidden in 50-gallon plastic water barrels

Tags: Rape, Girls, Police
From: www.yahoo.com

105 girls missing after Boko Haram school attack: Parents

Added: 23.02.2018 12:58 | 0 views | 0 comments

February 24, 2018 1:58 AM
KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - More than 100 girls are missing after a Boko Haram attack on a school in north-east Nigeria earlier this week, parents told AFP on Friday (Feb 23).

Tags: Nigeria, Girls
From: www.straitstimes.com

Self-Proclaimed Polygamist Prophet Pleads Guilty to Child Rape After Police Discover 4 Girls in Raid

Added: 23.02.2018 11:44 | 0 views | 0 comments


The girls were found hidden in 50-gallon plastic water barrels

Tags: Rape, Girls, Police
From: www.yahoo.com

Boko Haram: Profile of a jihadist threat

Added: 23.02.2018 11:29 | 0 views | 0 comments


Nigeria's Boko Haram, suspected of another mass kidnapping of school girls, started out as an Islamic anti-corruption group but mutated into an IS affiliate waging a lethal insurgency. Boko Haram aims to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria -- a campaign that has cost at least 20,000 lives since 2009 and at its peak displaced 2.6 million from their homes. Founder and spiritual leader Mohammed Yusuf pinned the blame for Nigeria's ills on Western values left by colonial master Britain, criticised the country's corrupt secular regime for neglecting development in Muslim regions and advocated a return to fundamentalist Islam.

From: www.yahoo.com

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