Rights Group Urges UN to Help Free Abducted Girls

Rights Group Urges UN to Help Free Abducted Girls

In this photo taken  Monday, April, 21. 2014. Borno state governor Kashim Shettima, centre, visit  government secondary school Chibok, were gunmen abducted more than 200 students in Chibok, Nigeria. Nigerian parents say more than 200 girls and young women abducted from the  Chibok school by Islamic militants remain missing one week later, despite a "hot pursuit" by security forces and an independent search by desperate parents who went into a dangerous forest. Dozens of the kidnapped girls managed to escape by jumping from the back of an open truck or hiding in dense forest.  (AP Photo/ Haruna Umar)
In this photo taken Monday, April, 21. 2014. Borno state governor Kashim Shettima, centre, visit government secondary school Chibok, were gunmen abducted more than 200 students in Chibok, Nigeria. (AP Photo/ Haruna Umar)

 

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian rights group is urging the United Nations to help secure the release of some 230 schoolgirls abducted by extremists 10 days ago.

More than 40 of the girls and young women kidnapped from a remote northeastern school escaped by themselves but school officials say 230 still are missing.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project called Thursday for several U.N. agencies to “urgently intervene” and provide “international assistance and support to the Nigerian authorities to secure the release of the children and to ensure that they get back to school.”

Nigeria’s military said it mounted a “hot pursuit” operation.

The mass kidnapping and a massive explosion that killed 75 hours earlier in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, strengthened fears the Islamic uprising is spreading and the military unable to stop it.

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