Boko Haram Kidnapped over 1000 Children in Nigeria since 2013

Boko Haram Kidnapped over 1000 Children in Nigeria since 2013

Combined Operatives of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Department of State Service (DSS) conducting Counter Terrorism Operations in North Eastern Nigeria have arrested a Boko Haram terrorist who specializes in making Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) for the terrorists group. A video released by Boko Haram in January, showed some girls, claiming to have been among the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, said they wish to remain with their captors.

The militants' aim is to spread fear and show power, the agency said.

"They are consistently targeted and exposed to brutal violence in their homes, schools and public places", said UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Malick Fall.

It added that UNICEF is appealing for an end to attacks on schools and all grave violations of children's rights.

Boko Haram, which translates roughly to "Western education is forbidden", has staged frequent raids on schools since launching an Islamist insurgency in the country's northeast in 2009. She became pregnant and "now lives with her young son in an Internally Displaced Persons camp, where she has struggled to integrate with the other women due to language barriers and the stigma of being a "Boko Haram wife", UNICEF said.

The agency said it had documented more than 1,000 verified cases, the first time it had published an estimated tally.

UNICEF's announcement came as Nigeria prepares to mark four years since the kidnapping of 276 girls from their school in the town of Chibok on April 14, 2014.

Despite President Muhammadu Buhari's attempt which successfully reclaimed swathes of territory back from the jihadists in Nigeria, the group still killed military men and civilians. 100 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi, were kidnapped by a faction of the group in February.

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