Not only has the Nigerian government failed to rescue the 219 school girls abducted in April, but witnesses say that this past weekend extremists abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys, including children as young as 3. The Associated Press reports that, in addition to the witnesses, a local official confirmed the abductions – while security forces denied them. Boko Haram has been seeking the return of its detained members in exchange for girls, a trade that President Goodluck Jonathan has said he won’t consider. Jacob Zenn, author of a book about Boko Haram, said, "It does seem like the government is overwhelmed, because Boko Haram is showing that it is not only capable of dominating the border region but also carrying out major attacks in northern cities in Nigeria." He added, the longer the negotiations drag on, "Boko Haram is more likely to decide to use the girls for forced marriages instead of as bargaining chips."
Witnesses report that Boko Haram abducted 60 more women and girls and 31 boys. The original 219 girls have not yet been rescued.