Insurgents Attack School In Yobe

22 February, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • Boko Haram survivor

Despite declaration by the Nigerian Army, that Boko Haram has been defeated, suspected members of the dreaded group, have ambushed Dapchi community in Bursari Local Government Area of Yobe State, North-east Nigeria.

The insurgents had attacked the town on Monday and carted away foodstuffs at the College, while firing sporadically forcing staff and students to flee for safety. Dozens of the Chibok girls are still with the Boko Haram, nearly four years since the abduction.

The State Commissioner of Police, Sumonu Abdullmaliki, has confirmed the attack.

The students were alerted to the arrival of militants after they opened fire and set off explosives outside the school. All of us that escaped including our school principal, the vice principal and some other teachers stayed in the deserted house till morning.

A teacher at the school told Daily Trust that 94 students could not be accounted for following a roll call.

"Military jets were deployed and are in pursuit", he added.

The Chibok kidnappings shocked the world in April 2014.

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Reports say the girls and teachers of the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) in the town managed to escape unhurt in the attack.

"As we were trying to flee the village, we saw some of them coming away from the school gate". Since May 2016, a further 107 have escaped, been found or released after government talks with the jihadists, leaving 112 still in captivity.

Haruna Yahaya, 35, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday for masterminding the abductions, which caused global outrage.

Jail terms ranged from three to 60 years, said the ministry.

Boko Haram continues to carry out deadly suicide bombings in Borno state and other parts of northern Nigeria as part of its violent campaign to establish an Islamic state in the West African nation.

The group has consistently attacked education.

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