Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist rebels have launched a video purportedly exhibiting a number of the greater than 300 schoolboys kidnapped final week from a authorities boarding faculty within the northwestern city of Kankara.
Within the greater than six-minute-long video seen by Related Press journalists, the scholars’ captors inform one boy to repeat the abductors’ calls for that the federal government name off its troops and plane looking for them.
A voice could be heard telling the boy what to say from behind the digicam. The boy is clearly talking beneath duress. The boy says that they have been kidnapped by a gang directed by Boko Haram factional chief Abubakar Shekau.
He mentioned a few of these kidnapped had been killed. The abductors directed the youngsters to ask for ransom cash. The video circulated extensively on WhatsApp and first appeared on a Nigerian newsite HumAngle, which frequently reviews on Boko Haram.
Earlier Thursday, one of many schoolboys who managed to flee advised how he slipped away from his captors.
Usama Aminu, 17, advised The Related Press in regards to the assault on the varsity in Nigeria’s northwestern Katsina State during which males armed with AK-47 rifles kidnapped greater than 300 college students from the boys’ faculty.
It was late at evening final Friday when the scholars heard gunshots, at first considering they’d come from the close by city. As quickly as he and the opposite college students on the Authorities Science Secondary College in Kankara realized there was a raid on the varsity, they scrambled out of their dormitory and scaled the varsity’s fence within the pandemonium.
However Aminu was nonetheless not secure.
“After we scaled the fence, we were hearing voices that we should come back,” he mentioned. The boys returned “considering they have been law enforcement officials. Unknown to us, it was the bandits. They then gathered us at a spot. That was once we realized they have been bandits, sporting army uniform.
“We walked by the evening within the bush, and at dawn, they discovered a spot and requested us to sit down down.”
Aminu, who suffers from sickle cell anemia, not too long ago transferred to the Authorities Science Secondary College to be nearer to his household and medical take care of his situation.
In response to the abductions, Nigeria launched a rescue operation during which the police, air power and armed forces tracked the abductors to their hideout within the Zango/Paula forest.
The assault, claimed by Boko Haram, has prompted an outcry within the West African nation towards the federal government for not doing sufficient to cease assaults on colleges within the north.
“When the bandits heard the sound of the helicopter hovering above, they requested us to put down beneath the massive bushes with our face to the bottom,” Aminu mentioned.
Throughout their hike, Aminu mentioned they met younger boys of their teenagers, armed with weapons. He mentioned some have been youthful than him.
Exhausted from the trek, Aminu held on to the shoulders of two associates “because the bandits continued to flog folks from the again in order that they will transfer quicker.”
After darkish, the boy determined to recite passages from the Quran. It was then that he managed to slide away unnoticed into the evening and conceal in a mosque. A neighborhood resident ultimately discovered him coughing and provided him a change of garments in order that he may go away his faculty uniform behind, he mentioned.
He returned dwelling at round 11 p.m. Sunday.
His father, Aminu Ma’le, advised AP he was relieved however nonetheless apprehensive for the others. “I can not have a good time alone due to the opposite boys nonetheless lacking,” mentioned the daddy.
Lots of of scholars nonetheless lacking
Katsina state governor Aminu Bello Masari mentioned that 17 boys have been rescued for the reason that assault, together with 15 by the army, one other by police and one boy discovered roaming within the forest who was introduced in by residents. Aminu was amongst these boys.
The college has greater than 800 college students, and a whole lot of others additionally managed to flee. However greater than 300 stay held by insurgents, who’re recognized to make use of little one troopers.
The federal government and the attackers are negotiating for the liberty of the boys, in keeping with Garba Shehu, a spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Mother and father of the lacking college students collect on the faculty day by day to anxiously await information of their sons.
To stop every other faculty abductions, Katsina State shut down all its boarding colleges. The close by states of Zamfara, Jigiwa and Kano have additionally closed colleges as a precautionary measure.
Boko Haram kidnapped the schoolboys as a result of it believes Western schooling is un-Islamic, the rebels’ chief Abubakar Shekau mentioned in a video claiming accountability for the assault, in keeping with SITE Intelligence Group.
It’s possible they labored with native bandits who’ve staged more and more lethal assaults in northwest Nigeria this 12 months, consultants say.
Residents of Katsina state plan to protest Thursday, saying the federal government is not doing sufficient to guard its youth.
Armed bandits have killed greater than 1,100 for the reason that starting of the 12 months in Nigeria’s northwest, in keeping with Amnesty Worldwide.
For greater than 10 years, Boko Haram has engaged in a bloody marketing campaign to introduce strict Islamic rule in Nigeria’s north. Hundreds have been killed and greater than one million folks have been displaced by the violence. Boko Haram has been primarily energetic in northeast Nigeria, however with the abductions from the varsity in Katsina state, there’s fear the insurgency is increasing to the northwest.
The abductions of the schoolboys is a daunting reminder of Boko Haram’s earlier assaults on colleges. In February 2014, 59 boys have been killed when the jihadists attacked the Federal Authorities Faculty Buni Yadi in Yobe State.
In April 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped greater than 270 schoolgirls from a authorities boarding faculty in Chibok in northeastern Borno State. About 100 of these ladies are nonetheless lacking.