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Afghan Schoolgirls Condemn Boko Haram's Kidnappings in Nigeria

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Afghan schoolgirls and activists rallied to demand the release of more than 270 kidnapped Nigerian girls on Thursday, calling the militant group behind the abductions un-Islamic.

About 80 demonstrators, some carrying hand-written signs saying "No Extremism" and "No Conservatism," gathered in the capital of the mountainous province of Bamiyan, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

Activist Ismail Zaki told Pajhwok that Boko Haram, the militant group behind the abductions, was un-Islamic and masquerading as a Muslim organization.

Islam gives girls the right to an education just like boys, so there was no justification for Boko Haram imposing any restrictions on them, protester Tayyeba Khawari told the news service.

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The attack on Gamboru, in remote northeastern Nigeria near the border with Cameroon, is part of BoKo Haram's campaign of terror. The students are believed to be held by Boko Haram in the Sambisa Forest in northeastern Nigeria.

People around the world have been showing their support for the kidnapped girls by taking part in protests and joining online campaigns calling for their rescue.

First lady Michelle Obama and Pakistani schoolgirl, human rights activist Malala Yousafzai and actress Angelina Jolie are among those backing the campaign and have posted photos of themselves holding a sign reading "#BringBackOurGirls."

Reuters contributed to this report.

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