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06/05/2014 11:24 BST | Updated 06/05/2014 11:59 BST

'Boko Haram Gunmen' Kidnap 8 More Girls In Northeast Nigeria

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More girls have been kidnapped from a Nigerian village by suspected Boko Haram gunmen, police and residents have said.

A further eight girls aged between 12 and 15-years-old were reportedly taken from a village in northeast Nigeria overnight, near one of the Islamist militant group's strongholds in the northeast of the country.

A police source said the girls were taken away on trucks, along with looted livestock and food.

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The Islamist rebels are still holding more than 200 girls they abducted from a secondary school on 14 April.

"They were many, and all of them carried guns. They came in two vehicles painted in army colour. They started shooting in our village," Lazarus Musa, a resident of Warabe, where the attack happened, told Reuters.

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Protests for the missing Nigeria schoolgirls

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video released on Monday that Allah had told him to sell the girls taken by his fighters from a secondary school in the village of Chibok, in northeastern Borno state.

The girls should be married, not in school, he continued, according to the BBC.

"God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions."

Authorities searching for the missing girls say dozens have escaped from their captors but 276 are still missing. They were taken three weeks ago from their school in Chibo.