© 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 have been kidnapped from their faculty 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, lots of whom carry weapons and journey bikes.
On Feb. 17, 27 college students, three workers and 12 members of their households have been kidnapped by an armed gang who stormed the Authorities Science secondary faculty within the Kagara district of Niger state, overwhelming the college’s safety element. One boy was killed through the raid.
After their launch, boys have been seen by a Reuters witness strolling with armed safety by a dusty village, some struggling to face and asking for water. A authorities official mentioned the boys have been aged between 15 and 18.
“The Kidnapped College students, Employees 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 mentioned 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 current 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 common and former navy ruler who has confronted mounting criticism in current months over excessive profile assaults by the gangs recognized 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 almost 350 boys, who have been subsequently rescued by safety forces.
Violence and insecurity have compounded the financial challenges confronted by residents in Africa’s most populous nation and high oil exporter, which is struggling to deal with a fall in revenues as a result of a hunch in crude costs along with the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Essentially the most excessive profile faculty 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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