Boko Haram’s seizure of 110 girls taunts Nigeria, and its leader

President Muhammadu Buhari addressing the parents of the kidnapped girls in Dapchi, Nigeria, on Wednesday. He has said he intends to negotiate for their release. CreditOla Lanre/Reuters

DAPCHI, Nigeria — When he heard the gunfire, the guard ran outside the all-girls boarding school and saw camouflaged vehicles barreling toward the gate. Thinking they were Nigerian military troops, he rushed toward them.

“Have you heard the gunshots?” Ali Gambo, 70, the unarmed guard, asked the men inside the truck. “What’s happening?”

Three men dressed in army fatigues and turbans jumped down from the vehicles, threw Mr. Gambo to the ground and pointed a gun at his head.

“We are Boko Haram,” Mr. Gambo recalled him saying. “We are here for your students.”

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Categories: Africa, Boko Haram, Nigeria

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