A fresh school abduction revives memories of Chibok, and raises questions about the government's grip on security.More than 100 girls missing for a week after a Boko Haram attack on their school in in Dapchi (northeast) were kidnapped, the government said for the first time on February 26th.The abduction shows the Islamist group still has the ability and means to stage major attacks.Since the raid, questions have been asked about how heavily armed fighters were able to storm the town in Yobe state without encountering any resistance, then disappear.The military claims to have the region locked down, as part of a counter‐insurgency effort against the group whose nearly nine‐year campaign of terror has killed at least 20,000 people.But witnesses in Dapchi and analysts told AFP that it was a “well‐planned attack” that specifically targeted the state‐run boarding school. Residents described seeing a convoy of at least 10 to 15 vehicles just as most people were at the mosque for evening prayers. Civilians were not harmed and the armed men instead asked for directions to the girls school.Hundreds of students at the Government Girls Science and Technology College fled in the dark into the surrounding bush; 110 have yet to
Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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