Women walk by homes destroyed by Boko Haram militants in Bama, Borno State, February 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Heavily armed suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped more than 100 girls from a school in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Tuesday.The violence underscored the serious threat the Islamists pose to Africa's most populous country, with the group capable of carrying out large-scale attacks in remote areas and massive bombings in major urban centers.Gunmen stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in the Chibok area of Borno after sundown Monday, torching several buildings before opening fire on soldiers and police who were guarding the school, witnesses said. They ultimately overpowered the guards and entered the school, said Emmanuel Sam, an education officer based in Chibok who fled to the state capital Maiduguri after the attack. Boko Haram is blamed for killing thousands of people across north and central Nigeria since 2009 in an uprising aimed at creating a strict Islamic state in the north.
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