Turkey condemns Nigeria abductions

"The abduction of schoolgirls shows the villainy of terrorism that targets children and youngsters," says Turkish Foreign Ministry

ANKARA - Turkey strongly condemns the mass abduction of more than 200 school girls by militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria in a written statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

"This act reveals the villainy of terrorism that target children and youngsters," the statement read. The ministry expressed deep concern for the girls who are still held by the group and called for their immediate release.

"Turkey reiterates its solidarity with its friend and sister country, Nigeria along with its people," said the statement. 

On May 5, the girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram who emerged in Nigeria in the early 2000s. The militant group preaches against "government misrule" and "corruption," and its name means "Western education is forbidden" in the local Hausa language.

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