Members of Boko Haram are believed to be behind the attack on a northeastern Nigerian school late last night. Around 100 girls are thought to have been abducted.
“Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles,” says education official Emmanuel Sam.
One girl, who managed to escape, told BBC she and fellow students were sleeping when armed men burst into their hostel.
“Three men came into our room and told us not to panic. We later found out that they were among the attackers,” she says.
Ten to 15 girls managed to escape the convoy when it had to slow down.
“We ran into the bush and waited until daybreak before we went back home,” the girl says.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language, frequents schools and other educational institutes. It has been waging an armed campaign for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.
However, the group is also blamed for the killing of more than 70 people on Monday in the capital city of Abuja, which triggers fear the militants are possibly expanding their campaign.