Nigeria: About 200′ children abducted after school ambushed by gunmen on motorbikes
Militant groups kidnapping for ransom have carried out a series of armed raids on schools in northern Nigeria in recent months.
Parents are reunited with their daughter in Jangabe, Nigeria, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. More than 300 schoolgirls kidnapped last week in an attack on their school in northwest Nigeria have arrived in Jangabe after been freed on Tuesday. The Girls were abducted few days ago from Government Girls Secondary School in Jangabe in Zamfara state
Armed men on motorcycles have kidnapped a large number of children following the ambush of a school in Nigeria.
The pupils were at the Salihu Tanko Islamic School in Rafi, in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger, when they were abducted by the men, who were firing “indiscriminately”, said state police spokesman Wasiu Abiodun.
He said the abduction was carried out by “armed bandits on board motorcycles in their numbers” and while they were still trying to ascertain exact numbers, they believe around 200 children are missing.
All “tactical teams” have been mobilised to rescue the victims and the police will “ensure the children are rescued unhurt”, he said.
Armed groups carrying out kidnappings for ransom have been behind a series of raids on schools and universities in northern Nigeria in recent months, abducting more than 700 young people since December.
In the recent past:
Prison break: More than 1,800 inmates escape after gunmen attack jail
Nigerian school kidnapping: Security forces open fire as violence mars safe return of 279 girls
Nigeria: Released schoolgirls say kidnappers threatened to shoot them during three-day mass abduction
Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls: ‘Repentant bandits’ key to release of the 279 students it has emerged
Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls have been released and are ‘safe’
Nigeria: Gunmen release 27 teenage boys who were kidnapped from boarding school
One of the most notable, was the mass abduction in April 2014 by jihadist group Boko Haram of 276 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in Borno state.
More than a hundred of the girls are still missing.