Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria have kidnapped more than 400 young women and children from Damasak, the Euro News website reports today (March 25, 2015).
Local residents said the Islamist militant group killed dozens of the people they captured, before fleeing with the rest of them.
In the city of Damasak, Souleymane Ali said: "They took 506 young women and children. They killed about 50 of them before leaving."
Boko Haram -- which abducted some 300 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria last April -- wants to create a caliphate in Nigeria. It agreed last week to become affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has seized large areas of land in those two nations.