Who are Boko Haram? And what happened to the 270 kidnapped school girls?

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Boko Haram kidnapped 270 girls between the ages of 12 and 17, from the school pictured above, many of whom were then later sold as child brides for $12.

Boko Haram have been blamed for the kidnapping of more than 200 teenage girls. Channel 4 News explains who they are – and what they want:

Jonathan Miller: In 12 years, Boko  Haram has gone from infancy to a full blown Isalimst insurgency. Last year, the Nigerian government in Abuja had the opportunity to  strike a peace deal with them. But the government pulled out at the last minute, even though the entire Boko Haram leadership was apparently onboard.

Today, they’ve essentially been highjacked as an Al Qaida franchise, with affiliates right across from the Islamic mihrab. They are thought to have commanders in Nigeria’s 36 states, and even, it’s says, explosives, ready to go. They are…

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