Reuters reported on Sunday that the mass kidnapping at a girls’ school took place in the town of Dapachi, with a number of the radicals dressing up as soldiers to confuse the students.
“The federal government has confirmed that 110 students of the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, are so far unaccounted for, after insurgents believed to be from a faction of Boko Haram invaded their school on Monday,” Nigeria’s information ministry said in a statement.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who has declared Boko Haram defeated on a number of occasions since coming to power in 2015, described the situation as a “national disaster.”
News reports initially stated that 13 girls were missing following Monday’s attack, with as many as 76 rescued, but Nigerian authorities have since clarified that those numbers are incorrect, dashing the hopes of dozens of parents.
The raid on the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi was the largest of its kind since 2014, when Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls, mostly Christians, from the town of Chobok. The raid back then sparked years of search and rescue efforts, with a number of the victims raped and forced into marriage to Islamic militants.
“I want the families of the girls yet unaccounted for at the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi to know that no effort will be spared to ensure that all of them are returned safely, and the attackers arrested and made to face justice,” Buhari vowed in a message on Twitter.
Source: The Christian Post