Why it matters: Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language, has carried out several mass abductions in the last few years, most notably in 2014 when extremists kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok. No ransom payment was made this time, the government says, but the fighters did issue an ominous warning: "We did it out of pity. And don’t ever put your daughters in school again.”
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