Iran condemns abduction of Nigerian girls by Boko Haram group
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 10
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's vice presidency has condemned the kidnapping of about 200 Nigerian school girls by Boko Haram group.
Iran's vice presidency for Women and Family Affairs issued a statement in which it condemned the violation committed by the group and its extreme viewpoints, IRNA news agency reported on May 10.
"The similar acts will boost the islamophobia and are set up to smear Islam," the statement reads.
Nigerian Boko Haram group kidnapped 270 girls from a secondary school on April 14, fifty have since escaped.
Fears for the fate of the kidnapped girls turned even more nightmarish on May 5 when the leader of the Islamist group announced plans to sell the girls.
"I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah," a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video first obtained by Agence France-Presse.
Boko Haram translates to "western education is sin" in the local Hausa language, and the group has said its aim is to impose a stricter enforcement of Sharia law across Africa's most populous nation, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south.