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Nigerian militants Boko Haram abduct 40 youngsters

By Haruna Umar

Boko Haram extremists have kidnapped about 40 boys and young men and killed scores of soldiers in an attack on a multinational military base in north-east Nigeria.

The militants came to the remote village of Malari last Friday and urged people to come out and listen to a sermon, farmer Bulama Malam said.

"After telling us that they wanted to preach to us, they began to select young men aged between 12 and 25," Mr Malam said. "I was lucky to escape because they only selected very young and able-bodied men."

On Saturday, hundreds of the insurgents nearly overran the Multinational Joint Task Force base at Baga, on Nigeria's north-east border with Chad, an intelligence officer said.

The multinational force includes soldiers from Nigeria and its neighbours to the north and north-east: Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Nigeria's Boko Haram group has begun regionalising the conflict, launching attacks across the border in Cameroon in recent weeks.

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