Boko Haram reportedly claimed the kidnappings but parents are less concerned about who was behind the abductions as they reconsider sending their children back to school.
Tribal elders are capable of bridging the trust deficit between the Somali government and Al Shabab - and they might be the only chance left for peace.
The deadly clashes took place between herders of the mostly Muslim Fulani ethnic group and Christian farmers of other ethnicities
At least 20 suspected militants have been killed in more than 30 airstrikes, according to security officials. Tribal sources and provincial officials say eight women and as many children were also killed and several others wounded in the US blitzes.
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