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London marchers calling for the return of the girls kidnapped in Nigeria

London marchers calling for the return of the girls kidnapped in Nigeria

London marchers calling for the return of the girls kidnapped in Nigeria

Nigerian police have banned protests in the capital demanding that the government rescues the more than 200 girls still held captive by Boko Haram militants.

Altine Daniel, a spokeswoman for Abuja police confirmed the ban in a text message, saying it was "because of security reasons".

A core group that is part of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign has accused the government of sponsoring a new group, known as Release Our Girls.

The new group shifts the responsibility of the kidnapping from the government to Boko Haram, the militant group which has killed thousands in its campaign to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria.

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