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Boko Haram members are suspected of kidnapping 20 women from a settlement in northeast Nigeria near the town of Chibok.

The gunmen, who are part of the same Islamic militant group that abducted more than 300 schoolgirls on April 15, arrived at noon Thursday in the Garkin Fulani settlement and forced the women to enter their vehicles at gunpoint.

Alhaji Tar, a member of the vigilante groups set up to resist Boko Haram’s attacks, said the men drove away to an unknown location in the remote stretch of Borno state.

Tar said the group also took three young men who tried to stop the kidnapping.

“We tried to go after them when the news got to us about three hours later, but the vehicles we have could not go far, and the report came to us a little bit late,” he said.

The news comes after Monday’s announcement from the Defense Headquarters claiming troops prevented raids by Boko Haram this weekend on villages in Borno and neighboring Adamawa state.

From the Huffington Post:

Soldiers killed more than 50 militants on Saturday night as they were on their way to attack communities, defense spokesman Chris Oluklade said in an emailed statement.

As of Monday, there are 272 girls still missing from Boko Haram’s first mass abduction.

We’ll keep you updated with any new developments.

SOURCE: Huffignton Post/AP | PHOTO CREDIT: Screengrab

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