© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaks after safety forces rescued schoolboys from kidnappers, in Katsina, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Gunmen in Nigeria on Saturday launched 27 teenage boys who had been kidnapped from their college final week within the northern state of Niger, whereas safety forces continued to seek for greater than 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in a close-by state.
Faculties have grow to be targets for mass kidnappings for ransom in northern Nigeria by armed teams, a lot of whom carry weapons and experience bikes.
On Feb. 17, 27 college students, three workers and 12 members of their households had been kidnapped by an armed gang who stormed the Authorities Science secondary college within the Kagara district of Niger state, overwhelming the college’s safety element. One boy was killed through the raid.
After their launch, boys had been seen by a Reuters witness strolling with armed safety via a dusty village, some struggling to face and asking for water. A authorities official stated the boys had been aged between 15 and 18.
“The Kidnapped College students, Workers and Family members of Authorities Science Collage Kagara have regained their freedom and have been obtained by the Niger State Authorities,” Governor Abubakar Sani Bello stated in a tweet.
The discharge of the schoolboys comes only a day after the raid on a faculty in Zamfara state the place gunmen seized 317 ladies.
The latest assaults have raised concern about rising violence by armed gangs and Islamist insurgents. Jihadist group Boko Haram carries out abductions in Nigeria’s turbulent northeast, as does a department of Islamic State.
The unrest has grow to be a political downside for President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired basic and former navy ruler who has confronted mounting criticism in latest months over excessive profile assaults by the gangs identified domestically as “bandits”.
Buhari changed his long-standing navy chiefs this month amid worsening violence in Nigeria.
In December, gunmen raided a faculty in northwestern Katsina state and kidnapped practically 350 boys, who had been subsequently rescued by safety forces.
Violence and insecurity have compounded the financial challenges confronted by residents in Africa’s most populous nation and prime oil exporter, which is struggling to deal with a fall in revenues as a consequence of a stoop in crude costs along with the impression of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Essentially the most excessive profile college kidnapping was that of greater than 270 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from the city of Chibok in 2014. Round 100 of them stay lacking.
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