Greater than 300 schoolboys reported to have been kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria have been freed after practically every week in captivity, officers stated. The information got here after a video emerged displaying youngsters begging for launch.
The 344 college students have been launched to authorities on Thursday and are set to be transported again to the state capital of Katsina Metropolis in northern Nigeria, Governor Aminu Masari advised state media in a televised interview. Officers stated the scholars have been in good situation, however they’ve but to obtain a full medical test.
“For the time being, 344 of the scholars have been launched and handed over to the safety operatives. I believe we will say no less than we have now recovered many of the boys, if not all of them,” Masari stated.
Alhamdu lillah. We’re extraordinarily joyful to announce the rescue of the #KankaraBoys from their abductors. 344 at the moment are with the safety businesses and might be moved to Katsina this night time. They are going to be given correct medical consideration and care earlier than being reunited with their households. pic.twitter.com/Ru0eJhdh2x
— Aminu Bello Masari (@GovernorMasari) December 17, 2020
Pictures purporting to point out the boys after their launch have circulated on-line.
It was not instantly clear if the entire college students kidnapped final week had been freed, nevertheless, with AFP citing a safety supply who famous among the boys remained with their captors. A neighborhood newspaper, the Day by day Belief, additionally reported that faculty information confirmed that greater than 500 college students have been lacking after the December 11 assault, for which Boko Haram has claimed duty. Hours earlier than the governor’s announcement, the group launched a video alleged to point out among the abductees.
It additionally stays unknown whether or not a ransom was paid to safe the boys’ launch, as few particulars concerning the negotiations have emerged.
After they’re taken to Katsina Metropolis, the boys will reunite with their households, endure medical checks and meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, authorities officers stated. In a pair of tweets afterward Thursday night time, Buhari stated the scholars’ launch was a “enormous reduction to your complete nation,” hailing Governor Masari and the nation’s police and intelligence businesses for the rescue effort.
Our administration is totally conscious of the duty we have now to guard the lives and property of all Nigerians. I ask Nigerians to be affected person and honest to us as we take care of the challenges of safety, the financial system, and corruption. We is not going to relent.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) December 17, 2020
The kidnapping final Friday on the Authorities Science Secondary College adopted a spate of comparable abductions by bandits and native armed teams lately, with Boko Haram claiming duty for the 2014 kidnapping of greater than 270 schoolgirls in northeastern Nigeria, amongst others. The nation has additionally been wracked by violence involving the militant factions, seeing some 8,000 killed in assaults and sporadic combating since 2011, based on the Worldwide Disaster Group.
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