More than 200 girls were abducted by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.
Boko Haram, which literally means "Western education is a sin," aims to establish an Islamist state in northern Nigeria. The group is known for brutally targeting secondary schools, in which scores of boys have been slaughtered by the group by burning and shooting attacks.
The girls had been called back to their school to take their final exams when the middle-of-the-night attack occurred. The regional government had closed all of 85 of its secondary schools and sent 120,000 students home because of previous attacks.
The terrorists, arriving in trucks, vans and buses, overpowered soldiers guarding the school and herded the girls into the vehicles after burning homes and businesses in the area. The group is known to have kidnapped girls in the past to be used as cooks and sex slaves.
Reports on the attack came from a number of girls who managed to escape.