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“How I Escaped From Kidnappers” – Kankara Abductee

How I escaped from kidnappers – Child tells his tale

One of the students abducted by unknown gunmen in Kankara Secondary school, Katsina, has said that he escaped from the bandits by crawling after they were dragged to the bush with his colleagues.

The escaped student, whose father did not want his name published spoke to BBC Hausa service.

The 17-year-old student said they first began to hear gunshots and later ran to save themselves but the bandits were already after them.

He said that it was on Friday night around 9:30 pm after they had returned from classes where they went to read for the night. Suddenly, they began to hear gunshots.

Initially, they thought it was not within their school but later, they began to see the bandits coming towards them. They ran, but the bandits easily gained on them.

He said many of them were abducted but were later counted by the bandits, adding that they were beaten and dragged to the bush amidst thorns and other things.

On how he escaped from the bandits, the student said only God knows how it happened and that he was lucky to hide behind a tree and later crawled out of the bush.

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