One hundred and ten girls remain unaccounted for following an attack on a school in the northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe. The girls were kidnapped by suspected members of Boko Haram, according to the country’s information ministry.
The students’ disappearance is one of the largest such incidents since the jihadist group abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in 2014. “The Federal Government has confirmed that 110 students of the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, are so far unaccounted for after insurgents believed to be from a faction of Boko Haram invaded their school on Monday,” the information ministry said in a statement.
Boko Haram, whose name translates as “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language widely spoken in northern Nigeria, has killed more than 20,000 people and forced two million to flee their homes in a violent insurgency that began in 2009.