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Angelina Jolie condemns Nigerian schoolgirl kidnappings

Angelina Jolie has condemned Boko Haram Islamists, who have confessed to kidnapping and enslaving 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, calling their actions "evil".

The actress and humanitarian was promoting her new Disney film Maleficent in Paris, France on Tuesday (06May14) when she was asked to speak about her vengeful, villainess character in the film, who curses a baby princess.

Jolie said, "Sadly of course there is real evil in the world; you watch the news and you see all of the people suffering and so much cruelty."

She then added, "And it's unthinkable cruelty like these girls that were kidnapped in Nigeria. Unthinkable cruelty and evil."

More than 270 students were kidnapped in Borno state, Nigeria last month by Boko Haram militants, who stormed their school in the dead of night and drove the girls off to an undisclosed location.

More than 220 girls are still being held captive, according to Nigerian police.

In a video message, Abubakar Shekau, the head of the Islamist group, said he was holding the girls as "slaves" and threatened to "sell (them)".

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