Days after an alleged deal was reached to free more than 200 schoolgirls from Boko Haram militants, there are reports that the group seized more young women from a village in Nigeria.
The New York Times reports
about 60 young girls and women were taken from Garta, a mountain village in the northeast corner of Nigeria near the border with Cameroon.
The Times spoke with a Roman Catholic bishop, who confirmed the girls had been taken.
"Those who were abducted are from my hometown," Bishop Stephen Mamza told the Times. "Of course it is credible. This is actually what is happening on a daily basis, only it is not reported."
Bishop Mamza, according to the Times report, is from the area but now works at a church in Yola, a city that lies south of Garta.
According to the version of events relayed to the Times by Bishop Mamza, several gunmen on motorcycles stormed the village on Saturday. They killed four men before searching the village for young women and taking them.
The alleged deal
to free the 219 girls taken in April was announced by senior Nigerian government and military officials on Friday. Boko Haram leaders never confirmed the deal, however, leading many to question the validity of the agreement.
The agreement also contained a ceasefire, but there were reports of other attacks over the weekend.
Based in northeast Nigeria, the militant Islamic terror group
has been active since 2002. In recent years, it has terrorized parts of Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad. One of its goals is to form an Islamic state in Nigeria.
After the April kidnapping, people across the world joined a #BringBackOurGirls
campaign that included the likes of first lady Michelle Obama and Pakistani Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai.
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