Female fighters among hoodlums that kidnapped Zamfara schoolgirls
Charles Nwoke, Gusau, Nigeria
February 27, 2021
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Some of the abducted students who escaped when gunmen attacked the Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe, Zamfara state, said there were some ladies among the gunmen who kidnapped the over 317 schoolgirls last Friday.
Madina Hamisu Kawaye, who happened to escape from the raid, said she was drowsy when a woman carrying a gun, fiercely woke her up from sleep that night which the ugly incident occurred.
She said, “I was sleeping deeply, the woman wore dark clothes and was holding a gun. She was hitting the building with her gun to wake us up from sleep.
“I stood up confused, I realized all the girls in our hostel were taken outside, some were covered with blankets.
“I stealthily hid under a bed. Two other girls hid under the bed too, when the female combatant moved to wake other girls from sleep.
“I heard one of the gunmen telling someone on the phone that they were already inside the school and were gathering the students. I also heard another gunman speaking in Fulani language,” she added.
Another student, Zainab, who escaped, equally disclosed that she sneaked and hid in a toilet when the armed men near the school’s Masjid were gathering the students.
She explained that “I ran away from the gathering and hid in the toilet. I stayed there until I heard gunshots and movement of vehicles that moved the students away.”