The jihadists entered the town shoting from guns and throwing explosive materials. Students and teachers were hiding in the bushes. Part of them was found in nearby villages, thirty kilometers away from Dapchi. Nigerian security forces, supported by government aircrafts, resisted the attack. A head of police in the state of Yobe said that 815 from among 926 students returned to their homes. A number of those missing remains difficult to judge. Reuters quotes the schoolgirls’ parents and city officals as saying that 76 were saved, whereas 13 are still being searched for. Two of those were found dead. More than a week after the assault the Nigerian government admitted that the whereabouts of 110 captured students remain unknown.
The attack in Dapchi follows another one when Boko Haram kidnapped 270 girls from a school in the town of Chibok four years ago. Since 2009 when the jihadists started their campaing aimed at creating an independent state more than twenty thousand people died and two millions were forced to flee their houses in south-east Nigeria.