Boko Haram abductions in Nigeria hit 400
The Nigerian government is under fire for failing to prevent abductions (File/AFP)
The number of the people kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria has surpassed the 400 mark as government forces have failed to put an end to the abductions.
The extremist militants abducted 91 more people, including toddlers as young as three, over the past weekend during attacks on villages in the northeastern state of Borno.
According to Abba Aji Khalil, the chairman of a vigilante group in Borno, four villagers were also killed when they attempted to escape from the militants.
The victims of the latest kidnappings include at least 60 women and 30 boys.
This is while 22 women were abducted in the same region earlier in June.
On April 14, the Takfiri militants kidnapped 276 female students from their secondary school in the town of Chibok in Borno. According to press accounts, 57 of the girls managed to escape, but 219 are still missing and international efforts to spot and rescue them are still ongoing.
The Nigerian government is already under fire for failing to rescue the schoolgirls and others abducted so far by the Takfiri militants since April.