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Militant group kills 300 at public market to send message to those searching for missing schoolgirls

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NIGERIA – The leader of a militant group in Nigeria is sending a stern message to those who are searching for hundreds of schoolgirls who went missing

The Nigerian government is now getting offers of assistance from China, the United States and other countries.

Officials say they are trying to get the nearly 280 children back from Boko Haram before they are sold into slavery and forced marriages.

Gunmen from Boko Haram overpowered guards at an all-girls school in Nigeria, kidnapping hundreds of teen girls.

The U.S. State Department is sending teams to Nigeria to help with the search.

Michael Hayden, former CIA director, said, “Boko Haram is local. And now, we’re making a choice. I think it’s right, but it carries consequences. we are putting an American face on opposition to Boko Haram. Again, I think it’s the right thing to do, but I can see why we had been hesitant to do it up to now.”

On Monday, residents in a northern town say the militant group attacked a market for 12 hours.

Some victims were burned alive.

Officials say more than 300 bodies had to be buried in mass graves.