Saturday, April 26, 2014

What Boko Haram is doing with over 100 abducted girls

A highly placed source has revealed that the over 100 students of Government Girls' Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State abducted by Boko Haram are being kept by the insurgents to save their camps from bombardment by military troops.

The National Security Council at its expanded meeting on Thursday gave the military a marching order to rescue the girls.

The armed forces are said to be taking maximum caution in handling the situation with a view to saving the lives of the girls.

"Intelligence report confirmed thatBoko Haram found it strategic tokeep the girls to save their campsfrom bombardment by troops," the source said.

Troops are understood to be advancing on the area where the girls are being kept.

The source said: "From available security reports, troops are around the axis where the abducted girls are being held hostage.

"Details of the exact location cannot be made public.

"Even the submissions of the service chiefs at the security council meeting were tactical for operational reasons.

"The military was trying to avoid collateral damage because the affected area is bigger. It is as big as the whole of Ikeja, Lagos."

The military and the Borno State Government are not saying much for fear that Boko Haram with its widespread cells might pick up sensitive information.

It was also learnt that plan by aggrieved women in Borno State togo into Sambisa Forest to look forthe abducted girls may not work.

A government source said: "No one will allow these women to go into the forest. These women will also not attempt it because of thedelicate nature of the terrain."

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