94 Girls Reportedly Missing After Boko Haram Attack In Yobe
Parents and school authorities have revealed that at least 94 school girls from Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School at Dapchi town in Bursari local government area of Yobe state are missing after an all-girls school was attacked by Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.
The militants invaded the town on Monday and targeted the all-girls school after arriving the town around 7 pm with over 18 gun trucks.
A community source told Saharareporters that at least four bodies of students were recovered from the bush in the nearby town of Kusur.
According to residents of the community, Boko Haram terrorists came into Dapchi town with trucks mounted with high caliber weapons shooting sporadically and later headed to the girls’ hostels at the school where some 740 girls were resident.
The sound from the sect’s militants explosives and gunshots alerted the students and their teachers who immediately scampered into nearby bushes for safety.
However, after the headcount on Tuesday, it was discovered that at least 94 of the girls were still missing.
The school was immediately closed down while education authorities and security forces in the state began efforts to locate the missing students.
Residents and civilian militia groups in Dapchi say they believe Boko Haram had carefully planned to kidnap schoolgirls in their town over some time.
A week before the attack soldiers protecting the town were moved elsewhere leaving the town vulnerable. Nigerian security forces backed by military jets later arrived Dapchi and “chased away” the terrorists who had continued on a looting spree.