'I'm scared of going back to school' - Girl who escaped abduction Cries Out

"I'm scared of going back to school because of what happened really got me scared," Umar said.
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Student Masauda Umar, 20, who hid under her bed and managed to escape when gunmen abducted more than 300 girls from her boarding school. Source: Associated Press

Masauda Umar hid under a bed from the men who abducted more than 300 girls from a Nigerian school early on Friday.

The bandits knocked on the door of the dorm, bound the person in charge's hands, and hit them, according to a 20-year-old student at the Government Girls Junior Secondary School in Jangebe city (the person in charge).

"I was coming out from the door and I met somebody but ran back and hid under my bed" she said while outside her home near her father and grandfather.

"I'm scared of going back to school because of what happened really got me scared," Umar said.

Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria's Zamfara state, according to authorities.

According to one witness, the gunmen also attacked a nearby military camp and checkpoint, stopping soldiers from intervening in the mass kidnapping.

Several large groups of armed men, identified as bandits by the government, operate in Zamfara state and are known to kidnap for ransom and press for the release of their members from prison.