Boko Haram abduct hundreds of women and children from Nigerian town and are using them as human shields

As many as 500 women and children were taken from Damasak, in north-eastern Nigeria, as Chadian troops (pictured) advanced on the town, which had been held by Boko Haram for months

Hundreds of women and children have been seized from Nigerian primary schools by Boko Haram militants to be used as ‘human shields’ as the extremist group starts to lose its grip on the region.

The Islamic militants took adults and children from primary schools in the north-eastern town of Damasak as troops from Niger and Chad approached a month ago, Mike Omeri, the Nigerian spokesman for the fight against Boko Haram, confirmed this week.

When the soldiers arrived, they found the town largely deserted – with local reports suggesting as many as 500 people were taken in the raids…