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On the fateful night of 14-15 April 2014, Islamist militants abducted around 276 female students from a government school in the town of Chibok, Nigeria. Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping of school girls.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful”, has long been opposing the westernization of Nigeria. Their main motive is to establish the Sharia law in the whole of Nigeria. This has always been the reason behind their terror activities. Designated by the US as a terrorist group, Boko Haram has been active in Nigeria since 2003. It is loosely based on the Taliban movement in Afghanistan.

On 14-15 April 2014, the group forced themselves into the Government Girls Secondary School pretending to be guards. They ordered the girls to follow them. The girls were taken away in a truck, most likely into the Konduga area of the Sambisa Forest - the place believed to be the Boko Haram’s hideout. During the incident, several houses were also burned down. According to reports, the school was closed for weeks due to the lack of security.. However, students from multiple schools were ordered to appear for their final exam on physics. Though around 530 students had registered for the Senior Certificate Examination, it is not clearly known how many were there at the time of the attack.

There is no clarity on the total number of girls kidnapped and missing.. Some reports claim that 276 children were kidnapped out of which 53 had escaped. There is another report which states that 329 girls were kidnapped, 53 escaped and the remaining 276 are missing. In a devastating outcome, the students have been forced to convert into Islam and marry members of the Boko Haram with a bride price of $12.50.

The group mostly kidnaps girls to oppose their education and use them as cooks or sex slaves. Between 2009 and 2014, the Boko Haram killed more than 5, 000 civilians. Since 2009 they have kidnapped more than 500 women and children, which also included 276 school girls from Chibok in April 2014. The spokesperson of Boko Haram stated that attacks would continue till the time the Nigerian government would continue to hinder traditional Islamic education. The abduction cases have deterred around 10, 000 children from pursuing education.

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