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    50 girls missing from Nigerian town after Boko Haram attack

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — About 50 young women remained missing Wednesday after Boko Haram extremists attacked a village in northern Nigeria that is home to a boarding school for girls, provoking fears that they may have met the same fate as those kidnapped from the town of Chibok nearly four years ago.

    Abdullahi Bego, a spokesman for the governor in Yobe state, said the authorities had no credible information that those missing from the village of Dapchi were taken by Boko Haram. Some witnesses, however, recalled seeing young girls being taken by the armed militants who also abducted 276 girls from the school in Chibok in April 2014.

    Boko Haram fighters invaded Dapchi Monday, forcing residents, including students of the Government Girls Secondary School, to flee into the bushes.

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    Police and the state ministry of education had initially denied claims that students were abducted.

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    In a statement Wednesday, Bego said that more than 50 of the 926 students were missing.

    Aishatu Abdullahi, a student at the school, was among those who escaped on foot and spent the night hiding in an abandoned house.

    ‘‘They were shooting guns and everyone was confused. Then we started running all confused,’’ she told reporters, speaking in the Hausa language. ‘‘We saw some people pushing some of the students to enter their vehicles.’’

    About 100 of the 276 girls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok in 2014 are still believed to be with their captors. Some escaped, while others were released after negotiations.

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