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Search continues for Nigerian schoolgirls

Militant group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 100 pupils in Borno State earlier this month.

A screengrab taken on 25 September, 2013 from a video distributed through an intermediary to local reporters and seen by AFP, shows a man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Nigerian soldiers and vigilantes are hunting around the clock for militants holding dozens of schoolgirls hostage.

Militant group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 100 pupils in Borno State earlier this month.

It's regarded as one of the most shocking attacks in the group's five year insurgency in northern Nigeria.

Authorities say 52 of the girls managed to escape.

The International Relations Department has called on the global community to help Nigeria deal with Boko Haram.

The ministry's Clayson Monyela said, "It can't be condoned and we offer Nigeria support to deal decisively with terrorism and we hope for the safe return of the girls."