Nigerian parents lashed out on Tuesday at the government's failure to rescue scores of schoolgirls kidnapped two weeks ago by Boko Haram Islamists, as a local leader claimed the hostages had been sold as wives abroad.
"May God curse every one of those who has failed to free our girls," said Enoch Mark, whose daughter and two nieces were among the more than 100 students abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in the Chibok area of northeastern Borno state.
The attack was one of the most shocking in Boko Haram's five-year uprising, which has claimed thousands of lives across northern and central Nigeria.
"Pogo Bitrus, leader of a Chibok elders group [said] locals had been tracking the movements of the hostages with the help of 'various sources' across the northeast," AFP reports.
"From the information we received yesterday from Cameroonian border towns, our abducted girls were taken . . . into Chad and Cameroon," Bitrus is quoted as saying.
"The girls were then sold as brides to Islamist fighters for 2,000 naira ($12) each, Mr. Bitrus added," according to AFP.
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