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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Boko Haram Hostages On Wednesday Began Second Month In Captivity

More than 200 schoolgirls on Wednesday began their second month as Boko Haram hostages, with Nigerian government indicating it was willing to talk to the militants to secure their release. Lawmakers in Abuja were also set to debate a request from president Goodluck Jonathan for a six-month extension to a state of emergency first imposed in three northeast states worst affected by insurgent violence exactly a year ago. Boko Haram, which has waged an increasingly deadly compaign of bombing and attacks in he last five years kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok Borno state on April 14. Street protests including in a torrential downpour in Nigeria's financial capital, Lagos, marked the one-month anniversary of girls' abduction, calling for the 223 still being held to be returned to their families.

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