ore than 300 schoolgirls have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen who’re believed to be holding a few of them in a forest in wartorn northwest Nigeria.
It was the second kidnapping in little over every week in a area more and more focused by militants and legal gangs who often ask for a ransom. However there was no fast declare of accountability.
At the least 42 individuals, together with 27 college students, who have been kidnapped final week in Kagara, in neighbouring Niger state, are but to be launched.
The newest raid resembles the 2014 kidnap of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok by Islamist militants Boko Haram which introduced world consideration to the scourge of raids on colleges in Nigeria however the latest assaults are suspected to be the work of legal gangs
Police in Zamfara state stated they’d begun search-and-rescue operations with the military to search out the “armed bandits” who took the 317 women from the Authorities Women Science Secondary College within the city of Jangebe.
“There’s info that they have been moved to a neighbouring forest, and we’re tracing and exercising warning and care,” Zamfara police commissioner Abutu Yaro instructed a information convention.
He didn’t say whether or not these probably moved to the forest included all of them.
Zamfara’s info commissioner, Sulaiman Tanau Anka, instructed Reuters the assailants stormed in firing sporadically through the 1 am raid.
“Data obtainable to me stated they got here with autos and moved the scholars, additionally they moved some on foot,” he stated.
They’ve change into endemic across the more and more lawless north, to the anguish of households and frustration of Nigeria’s authorities and armed forces. Friday’s was the third such incident since December.
The rise in abductions is fuelled partially by sizeable authorities payoffs in change for baby hostages, catalysing a broader breakdown of safety within the north, officers have stated, talking on situation of anonymity.
The federal government denies making such payouts.
Further reporting by Reuters