North East: 1000 Children Abducted by Boko Haram Since 2013

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Of the 276 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from the northeastern town of Chibok on April 14, 2014, over 100 are still missing.

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.

The militants regularly took youngsters to spread fear and show power, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Chibok case.

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UNICEF said it had documented more than 1,000 verified cases, the first time it had published an estimated tally. But it admits the number could actually be much higher.

At least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed in the conflict, it added. Its violent campaign to carve out an Islamic state there has claimed more than 20,000 lives and displaced over 2 million people.

A month later, the militants returned nearly all of those girls.

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The Boko Haram conflict is in its tenth year, but shows little sign of ending.

"Five Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized while some escaped into nearby caves during the encounter". One of girls, Leah Sharibu, is still with her abductors because of her refusal to convert to Islam, her freed classmates said.

He said: "It is expedient to bring to public awareness that in their desperation to survive troops' onslaught and remain relevant, the Boko Haram terrorists have continued to make frantic efforts to infiltrate communities with Person Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (Suicide bombers) to callously unleash terror and fear on the populace".

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was elected in 2015 on a promise to stamp out Boko Haram's insurgency. Some may be dead, according to testimony from the rescued girls and Boko Haram experts.

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