50 girls missing from Nigeria town after Boko Haram attack

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul J. Perkins / MGN

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Authorities in northern Nigeria said as many as 50 girls remain missing several days after an attack on a village by Boko Haram extremists.

Many of the girls at a local boarding school were whisked to safety when the Boko Haram militants launched their assault Monday evening in Yobe state.

State government officials said Wednesday about 50 girls remained missing though dozens had returned to the area after fleeing.

Abdullahi Bego, a spokesman for Yobe state's governor, said authorities have no credible information that the missing girls were abducted by Boko Haram. Some witnesses, though, have described seeing the militants take girls with them.

Boko Haram drew international condemnation when they abducted 276 girls from Chibok back in 2014. About 100 of them are believed to remain with their captors.

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