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Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls still missing

The country’s defence ministry says it’s deploying more troops in the search for missing girls.

The country’s defence ministry says it’s deploying more troops in the search for more than 200 girls. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Nearly 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted from their dormitory by Boko Haram terrorists are still missing.

The girls were abducted eight days ago.

Nigeria's defence ministry says it's deploying more troops in the search for missing girls.

Failure to rescue the teenage schoolgirls is an embarrassment for the country's security forces, who insist they are containing the insurgency by Boko Haram militants.

The group wants to overthrow the government and replace it with Sharia law.

Desperate parents and vigilante groups are combing the forest on the border with Cameroon.

They fear Boko Haram plans to turn their daughters into cooks and sex slaves.

The insurgents piled the girls onto open trucks on 14 April.

Dozens of girls managed to escape.