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Nigerian Girl 'Ran And Ran' To Escape Kidnap
A Nigerian girl who staged a remarkable escape when gunmen took her and more than 200 others hostage has described how she was told: "Don't worry, we're soldiers. Nothing is going to happen to you."
The 16-year-old was snatched from her boarding school in Chibok by members of the Islamic group Boko Haram. She was herded into a pick-up truck and driven away but fled when one of the vehicles in the convoy broke down.
She and her friends jumped down from the truck and darted into a nearby forest to hide when the stranded car behind them suddenly started up, illuminating the road ahead.
"We ran and ran, so fast," said the girl. "That's how I saved myself. I had no time to be scared. I was just running."
Some of the children clung to low-hanging branches as the kidnappers' convoy sped off into the night.
When the girls eventually made their way back to the road, they were met by a man on a bicycle who accompanied them back to the village.
The teenager described the end of her ordeal as an emotional experience.
"I'm the only girl in my family, so I hold a special place and everyone was so happy," she said. "But that didn't last long."
Remembering the siege on April 14, the girl said she knew the men were not who they claimed to be when they started shouting: "Allahu Akhbar (God is great)."
She said there were too many attackers to count, adding that she and her friends had no choice but to sit and watch as their classrooms were set alight before they were herded onto three trucks.
The kidnapping has been condemned by both the UK and the US, who have offered to help find the girls.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a video alongside two militants brandishing AK-47s saying: "I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah.
"Allah has instructed me to sell them. They are his property and I will carry out his instructions."
The kidnappers are thought to be hiding out in a remote area on the Nigeria-Cameroon border.