A large group of Islamic terrorists on Tuesday abducted at least 100 Nigerian schoolgirls from a high school in the predominantly Christian town of Chibok, Borno, following a violent terrorist attack on the town, according to Nigerian police officials.
The Islamist group known as Boko Haram is suspected of carrying out the abductions of the teenaged children, according to police statements to reporters. Boko Haram, which is translated as "Western education is forbidden," is waging an all-out war against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan in order to drive out Christianity and establish a caliphate in northern Nigeria..
Police officials said the girls were in their classes studying for their upcoming Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE), which is similar to New York State's Regents Examinations, that's required before students are allowed to graduate.
According to police, the majority of the abducted girls are Christians and the attackers -- reportedly numbering 50 radical Muslims -- had stormed the town in a convey of automobiles before unleashing terror on residents and then rounding up the girls to be carried off by the terrorists.
Police reported that the terrorists took over the town, killed the few law enforcement officers on duty there, and set fire to residential homes, apartment buildings and government facilities. The Boko Haram terrorists allegedly began a mass looting of businesses for mostly foods and terrorized civilians.
A number of teachers and students attempted to flee the school building, however they were also rounded up and taken by the captors, according to media reports.
In an attack earlier this year, Boko Haram gunmen entered a high school in Nigeria's Yobe Province and began viciously murdering 40 male students. The Muslim terrorists allegedly torched the dormitory at that school and then randomly shot or slashed the throats of students who were panicking in their efforts to escape through locked doors and windows. While most of the dead or wounded were shot, some of the children were burned to death, according to news reports.