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Nigeria schoolgirl kidnappings 'disgusting'

07 May 2014, 08:20

Vienna - Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague condemned the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria as "disgusting", and said London was offering "practical help".

"The actions of Boko Haram in using girls as the spoils of war, the spoils of terrorism is disgusting, it is immoral," Hague told reporters in Vienna, where he was attending a meeting of the Council of Europe.

"It should show everybody across the world that they should not give any support to such a vile organisation," he added.

Hague said Britain was offering "practical help" to Nigeria, but did not expand further. He said the matter had first and foremost to be dealt with by the Nigerian authorities.

Anger and frustration have escalated in Nigeria at the government's failure to find the girls, with calls now mounting for the United States to help find and free the schoolgirls.

A total 276 students were kidnapped three weeks ago from their boarding school in Chibok, northern Nigeria. Several managed to escape but over 220 girls were still being held, according to police.

In a video obtained by AFP on Monday, the Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed the April 14 abduction and said it was holding the girls as "slaves," sparking international outrage.



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