Desperate Nigerian parents pleaded Wednesday, April 16, for an end to their "nightmare" after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in the embattled northeast.
The mass abduction by heavily armed insurgents from the Chibok area of Borno state came just hours after a bomb ripped through a packed bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, killing 75 people, the deadliest attack ever in the capital.
The bombing was also blamed on Boko Haram, a group whose five-year extremist uprising has shaken Africa's most populous country and top economy.
"They took away my daughter," said one woman from Chibok, who like several parents requested anonymity given the uncertain fate of the children.
"I don't know what to do," she told AFP, urging the government to find the kidnappers. "They should not allow our daughters' dreams to be shattered by these murderers."
A father who said his daughter was taken in the attack described the ordeal as a "nightmare." (AFP)