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Nigerian schoolgirls still missing a week after mass abduction

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Reuters

As Nigerian government officials survey a destroyed school, families wait in agony in the country's Borno state.

Parents say more than 230 schoolgirls are still missing after being abducted by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram a week ago.

(SOUNDBITE) (Hausa) ABDUCTED GIRL, AMINA SHAWOK, SAYING:

"We thought they were soldiers and they asked us to board a vehicle which was headed towards Damboa and my friends and I jumped from the vehicle and ran back home because we realized they didn't look innocent to us."

Officials originally put the number of abducted girls much lower, angering parents.

The attack underlines how powerless the military has become at protecting civilians in parts of the country.

One school teacher said the attackers burned everything.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SCHOOL TEACHER, GALTI SHETTIMA, SAYING:

"They trooped in around eleven, then they said they are army, let the children not run away, they will rescue them. After

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