Nigeria Boko Haram: Schoolgirls escape another planned militant kidnap
Boko Haram militants want to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria (AFP)
London, Feb. 20, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Schoolgirls accompanied by school staff were able to escape an attack by Boko Haram militants in the North Eastern town of Dapchi in Nigeria on Monday, witnesses say.
The students were alerted to the arrival of militants after they opened fire and set off explosives outside the school. The school building was ransacked by the militiamen after they discovered that the students had escaped. The Nigerian security forces responded by conducting a security operation forcing the militants to retreat.
Local residents allege that Boko Haram militants had planned to kidnap the schoolgirls.
Last September, a group of more than 100 of the Chibok girls were reunited with their families at a party in the capital Abuja.
Most of the group were released in May as part of a controversial prisoner swap deal with the Nigerian government that saw five Boko Haram commanders released.
But more than 100 schoolgirls are still being held by Boko Haram, and their whereabouts are unknown.
Boko Haram militants have been fighting a long insurgency in their quest for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. The conflict is estimated to have killed tens of thousands of people.
The Chibok girls represent a fraction of the women captured by the militant group, which has kidnapped thousands during its eight-year insurgency in northern Nigeria.