Pupils absent from school after 110 girls seized by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria

Pupils absent from school after 110 girls seized by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria
Boko Haram insurgents.

Pupils are staying away from a school in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram extremists seized 110 girls in a raid a week ago.

The Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi in Yobe state had been closed following an attack which reminded many of Boko Haram's kidnapping of 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok in 2014.

Teachers resumed classes on Monday, but students were absent.

One parent, Mohammed Mele, said his two children are too scared to return. Another parent added they are looking for a new school for their youngsters.

Yobe state education commissioner Mohammed Lamin said pupils are still going through trauma, and had previously said the school will reopen when "frayed nerves cool down".

Nigeria's government acknowledged for the first time that 110 girls remain missing on Sunday.

- PA

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