Forced into marriage, impregnated and infected with diseases: Schoolgirl who was kidnapped by Boko Haram alongside 275 others ‘escapes and reveals horrors faced by captives’
- Schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram has escaped, it has been reported
- Says they were forced to marry, impregnated and infected with diseases
- Islamists stormed the school in Chibok, Borno state, in April last year
- Fighters seized more than 270 girls and up to 219 are still be missing
A Nigerian schoolgirl kidnapped Boko Haram has reportedly escaped and revealed how she and her peers were forced to marry the Islamists who impregnated them and infected them with diseases.
Terrorists stormed the Government Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok in Borno state in April last year, seizing 276 girls who were preparing for end-of-year exams.
Fifty-seven escaped but nothing had been heard of the 219 others since May last year, when about 100 of them appeared in a video, dressed in Muslim attire and reciting the Koran.
But now, one of the girls is said to have escaped from the Lake Chad region in the north-east of the country and run into herdsmen, who helped her get to safety.
She said there were about 60 other girls at the camp, but others who had been kidnapped were moved elsewhere, it has been reported.
The girl said they were forced to convert to Islam and anyone who refused was either beheaded or shot at point blank range. They were made to marry, and were impregnated and infected, she said.
Dozens of worshippers were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a mosque in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses said.
‘We counted 42 dead bodies outside the mosque,’ added Amadu Marte, a vigilante supporting the security forces in the fight against Boko Haram.
Borno state police confirmed that the mosque was hit by twin bombings on Thursday but gave a lower toll of about 14 dead.
Following the explosions, the mosque collapsed and injured ‘many people praying’, police said in a statement.
The bombers slipped into the mosque disguised as worshippers, witnesses claimed.
One of the attackers set off the first blast when he entered, they said.
The second bomber detonated his explosives soon after after many had rushed to the scene to help the first victims.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but suspicion fell on Boko Haram.
The Nigerian military has denied the report of the escape.
However, the story appears to back up Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau’s claims that all the girls had converted to Islam and been ‘married off’.
The mass abduction brought the brutality of the Islamist insurgency unprecedented worldwide attention and prompted a viral social media campaign demanding their release backed by personalities from US First Lady Michelle Obama to the actress Angelina Jolie.
Nigeria’s homegrown extremist group has killed around 17,000 people, and at least 2.5million people have been driven from their homes, some across borders.
Earlier this year, troops from Chad and Nigeria drove the extremists out of some 25 towns held for months by Boko Haram which had declared an Islamic caliphate aligned with the Islamic State group.
It currently controls a swathe of land in Nigeria’s north east and is at war with soldiers from a coalition of countries after
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