ABUJA, Nigeria, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Sixty women and girls were abducted by suspected Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's Adamawa state, less than a week after a truce agreement.
They were taken from the Madagali district, witnesses and an unidentified security official said. Neither the Nigerian government nor Boko Haram confirmed the abductions, but they occurred a day after the Nigerian military announced a cease-fire agreement with Boko Haram on Oct. 17.
It was hoped the truce would encourage the return of about 200 women kidnapped by Boko Haram in April. News of the abductions came as the Nigerian Parliament approved a $1 billion loan to upgrade the capability of the army fighting the insurgency, which seeks to establish a Muslim caliphate in Nigeria and reduce the influence of Western education.
The Boko Haram campaign has killed over 13,000 people in Nigeria since 2009.
In a separate incident, an explosion in the northeastern town of Azare Wednesday in a bus parking lot killed five people and injured 12. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.