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PULKA, Nigeria - (Church Militant.com) - Members of the terrorist group Boko Haram have abducted 22 girls in two separate raids.
The first raid occurre on March 30 around 6 am in the village of Pulka, near the border with Cameroon. The terrorists seized 18 girls under the age of 17 attempting to flee during the raid. Four other girls were taken from outside the village while in hiding.
Residents in the area were promised protection by the militants so long as they did not support Nigeria military troops. Recently, the terrorists have begun raiding villages, stealing food and murdering people they're accusing of cooperating with the military.
A separate incident involved a herdsman fleeing with his family attempting to avoid extortion of goods and money. The terrorists, infuriated when learning of his escape, tracked him down and brutally murdered him and shot 50 of his cattle. Four women from his family and the rest of the herd were then taken.
This is the largest mass abduction since the 2014 abduction of 276 schoolgirls. Twenty-one of those schoolgirls have been released, but more than 200 are still missing. Islamic law experts fear the girls will be given to the jihadist as brides. Islamists believe that as long as a declaration of jihad has been made, fighters are allowed to take women, children and other possessions as "spoils of war."
Quoting the Qur'an to justify their actions; "O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful to you your wives to whom you have paid their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses of those whom Allah has given you as spoils of war."
Oxford Islamic Studies describes Muslims' view of women: "Historically, Muslim women have not been treated as men's equals. Certain rulers and administrators and most legal scholars imposed a system of inequality, which they justified by their interpretations of the Qur'an and the traditions of the Prophet."
Documents obtained from a U.S. raid in Syria in May 2015 found that the Islamic State has set up a bureaucracy to handle the influx of goods and slaves. The documents exposing the Islamic State had "developed a complex bureaucracy to manage revenue streams — from pillaged oil to stolen antiquities — and oversee subjugated populations."
Boko Haram has been losing strength in the region since Bp. Oliver Dashe Doeme announced a Rosary campaign after receiving a vision of Our Lord, Jesus Christ declaring "Boko Haram is gone."