Sunday, April 18, 2021

‘Hundreds missing’ after armed bandits storm Nigerian school

'Hundreds missing' after armed bandits storm Nigerian school

At least 300 girls have been abducted by suspected armed bandits from a school in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state, a teacher has claimed. 

“More than 300 girls are unaccounted for after a head count of remaining students,” Sadi Kawaye said on Friday.

A spokesman for the state governor confirmed the incident, but declined to say how many people were taken or provide further details.

A police spokesman for the state did not immediately respond to calls and messages seeking comment.

This is the second such kidnapping in a little over a week in Nigeria’s north, where a surge in armed militancy in the northwest has led to a widespread and worsening breakdown of security.

Last week, unidentified gunmen killed a student in an overnight attack on a boarding school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger and kidnapped 42 people, including 27 students. The hostages are yet to be released. 

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