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Gunmen Abduct 200 Girls From Nigerian School

Gunmen have kidnapped an estimated 200 students from a school for girls in northeastern Nigeria.

Witnesses say the mass abduction took place in the early hours of Tuesday, as the gunmen attacked the town of Chibok in Borno state.

A local resident tells VOA that the assailants burned houses, offices and the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School before kidnapping the students, who he says were packed into a truck.

The local police commissioner confirmed the incident.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack or the kidnapping.

The attack is similar to others carried out by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which is blamed for scores of attacks on schools, markets, churches, mosques and other targets since 2009.

Borno is one of three states under a state of emergency since last May. Nigeria's military has launched operations meant to crush the militant group, but large-scale attacks have continued.