William Hague condemns abduction of school girls in Nigeria

UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague

UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he is appalled by the abduction of more than 100 school girls in northern Nigeria.

On 15th April 2014 the Islamist militant group Boko Haram abducted the girls in Chibok in Borno state. It is thought that they took the girls to forested areas near the Cameroonian border.

“My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with them, and with their families,” Mr Hague said. “I condemn this cowardly act and those responsible for it. We stand ready to provide assistance to help the Nigerian government ensure that these children can be returned to their families in safety, and to bring to justice those responsible.”

Mr Hague went on to say that: “This attack follows other reports of Boko Haram’s abduction of women and girls, the barbaric murder of schoolchildren and the use of sexual violence. There is no possible justification for such callous acts, that intentionally target the most vulnerable people in the cruellest way.”

He promised the UK which he described as “a firm ally and friend of the people of Nigeria,” will continue to offer staunch support and assistance to Nigerians “as they combat the threat posed by Boko Haram, and address the wider issues raised by this attack.”

So far there is no clear news about the fate of the girls. While the Nigerian military claims that all but eight of the 129 girls have escaped, parents of the girls say many are still missing, BBC reported.