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Suspected Boko Haram gunmen laid siege to a series of villages in northern Nigeria for three days before taking 60 women and girls and 31 young men hostage, raising further concerns about the effectiveness of Abuja’s response to the militant group.
It said there were 395 students at the school, 119 escaped during the siege of the school, another 57 escaped in the first couple of days of their abduction, leaving 219 unaccounted for.
This year, the Boko Haram insurgents have embarked on a two-pronged strategy - bombing in cities and a scorched-earth policy in rural areas where they are devastating villages.