Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Yobe schoolgirls missing

Oscar Cross
February 22, 2018

Three suicide bombers killed 18 people in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, capital of the state worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, its police commissioner said Saturday.

He said "at about 5.30 p.m today, the suspected insurgents attacked Dapchi, headquarters of Bursari local government area".

If the schoolgirls are confirmed abducted, it will be a repeat of the brazen kidnap of 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, in 2014.

He said the insurgents carted away foodstuffs from the schools and gallons of petrol belonging to fuel hawkers (black marketers) as they drove off from Dapchi, on Monday night.

He added: "Obviously the attack was meant to abduct schoolgirls but luckily they found none of the girls as they were taken away by teachers before they arrived".

The Chibok girls represent a fraction of the women captured by the militant group, which has kidnapped thousands during its eight-year insurgency in northern Nigeria.

Aishatu, who spoke in Hausa said: "My name is Aishatu Abdullahi".

"There were no soldiers at the time of the invasion". We are still searching for the remaining 94 students. According to the accounts of some of my mates, the Boko Haram told those that were caught in the mosque to sit on the floor, including our teachers. We don't know what later happened, the gunmen later left the people in the mosque.

A teacher who escaped said the gunmen stormed the school around 7pm through the eastern part of the town.

"I can not say how many of us (were involved) but I know that our game master was able to escape with about 60 students into the bush".

"I came to the night market to buy fish for dinner when I heard a loud bang some meters (yards) behind me and I saw myself on the ground, and before I could pick up myself another one went off then, the third one again", he recalled. "But we can not tell if there is casualties there" he added.

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