Vigil held for kidnapped school girls

NEW YORK (AP) – About 200 people gathered outside the Nigerian consulate in New York in support of captured Nigerian girls.

Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the crowd of activists, human rights groups and Nigerian immigrants during the Saturday afternoon prayer vigil and rally in Manhattan.

De Blasio was joined by his wife and daughter. He told the crowd the kidnappings of more than 270 girls by the extremist group Boko Haram should be denounced around the world.

Anti-gun violence organizer Iesha Sekou led a group of about 50 who marched from a Harlem church to the consulate. She says her group rallied because the girls were taken at gunpoint.

Boko Haram claims to use Islamic teachings as justification for threatening to sell the kidnapped girls into slavery. Its kidnappings have prompted worldwide condemnation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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