Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist rebels have launched a video purportedly exhibiting some of the greater than 300 schoolboys abducted final week from authorities boarding college within the northwestern city of Kankara.
In the greater than six-minute-long video seen by Associated Press journalists, the scholars’ captors inform one boy to repeat the abductors’ calls for that the federal government name off its troops and plane trying to find them.
A voice could be heard telling the boy what to say from behind the digital camera. 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 stated some of these kidnapped had been killed. The kidnappers directed the kids to ask for ransom cash. The video circulated extensively on WhatsApp and first appeared on a Nigerian new site, HumAngle, that always stories on Boko Haram.
Earlier Thursday one of the schoolboys who managed to flee informed how he slipped away from his captors.
Usama Aminu, 17, informed The Associated Press in regards to the assault on the college in Nigeria’s northwestern Katsina State during which males armed with AK-47 rifles abducted greater than 300 college students from the boys’ college.
It was late at evening final Friday when the scholars heard gunshots, at first considering that they had come from the close-by city. As quickly as he and the opposite college students on the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara realized there was a raid on the college, they scrambled out of their dormitory and scaled the college’s fence within the pandemonium.
But Aminu was nonetheless not protected.
“After we scaled the fence, we were hearing voices that we should come back,” he stated. The boys returned “thinking they were police officers. Unknown to us it was the bandits. They then gathered us at a spot. That was when we realized they were bandits, wearing a military uniform,” he stated.
“We walked through the night in the bush and at sunrise, they found a place and asked us to sit down,” Aminu stated.
Aminu, who suffers from sickle cell anemia, not too long ago transferred to the Government Science Secondary School to be nearer to his household and medical look after his situation.
In response to the abductions, Nigeria launched a rescue operation during which the police, air drive, and armed forces tracked the abductors to their hideout within the Zango/Paula forest.
The assault, claimed by Boko Haram, Nigeria’s jihadist rebels, has prompted an outcry within the West African nation in opposition to the federal government for not doing sufficient to cease assaults on faculties within the north.
“When the bandits heard the sound of the helicopter hovering above they asked us to lay down under the large trees with our face to the ground,” Aminu stated.
During their hike, Aminu stated they met younger boys of their teenagers, armed with weapons. He stated some have been youthful than him.
Exhausted from the trek, Aminu held onto the shoulders of two pals “as the bandits continued to flog people from the back so that they can move faster.”
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 himself in a mosque. A neighborhood resident ultimately discovered him coughing and supplied him a change of garments in order that he might depart his college uniform behind, he stated.
He returned residence at around 11 pm Sunday.
His father, Aminu Male, informed AP he was relieved however nonetheless apprehensive for the others. “I cannot celebrate alone because of the other boys still missing,” stated the daddy.
Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari stated that 17 boys have been rescued because of the 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 lots of others additionally managed to flee. But greater than 300 stay held by insurgents, who’re identified to make use of baby troopers.
The authorities and the attackers are negotiating for the liberty of the boys, based on Garba Shehu, a spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Parents of the lacking college students collect on the college each day to anxiously await information of their sons.
To stop every other college abductions, Katsina State shut down all its boarding faculties. The close-by states of Zamfara, Jigiwa, and Kano have additionally closed faculties 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 stated in a video claiming duty for the assault, based on SITE Intelligence Group.
It is probably going they labored with native bandits who’ve staged more and more lethal assaults in northwest Nigeria this yr, specialists say.
Residents of Katsina state plan to protest Thursday, saying the federal government isn’t doing sufficient to guard its youth.
Armed bandits have killed greater than 1,100 because of the starting of the yr in Nigeria’s northwest, based on Amnesty International.
For greater than 10 years, Boko Haram has engaged in a bloody marketing campaign to introduce strict Islamic rule in Nigeria’s north. Thousands have been killed and greater than 1,000,000 individuals have been displaced by the violence. Boko Haram has been primarily energetic in northeast Nigeria, however with the abductions from the college in Katsina state, there may be fear the insurgency is increasing to the northwest.
The abductions of the schoolboys is a daunting reminder of Boko Haram’s earlier assaults on faculties. In February 2014, 59 boys have been killed when the jihadists attacked the Federal Government College Buni Yadi in Yobe State.
In April 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped greater than 270 schoolgirls from authorities boarding college in Chibok in northeastern Borno State. About 100 of these women are nonetheless lacking.