Nigerian government acknowledges 110 girls still missing

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Nigeria’s government is acknowledging that 110 girls remain missing nearly a week after Boko Haram militants attacked a town.

The fate of the girls is not known, but witnesses say the Islamic extremists specifically asked where the girls’ school was located. Some eyewitnesses reporting seeing young women taken away at gunpoint.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed made the announcement about the girls still being missing Sunday after meetings were held with family members and others.

Many Nigerians fear they were abducted as brides for the Boko Haram extremists, who in 2014 kidnapped 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok and forced them to marry their captors.

About 100 of the Chibok girls have never returned to their families nearly four years later.

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