More than 80 students kidnapped from Nigeria school

They also ransacked the school’s dormitories and vandalized students’ personal effects. More than 700 children and students have already been kidnapped by gunmen for ransom since December. At the end of May, gunmen seized 136 children from an Islamic seminary in central Nigeria’s Niger state. “When we got there, we saw students crying, teachers crying, everyone is sympathizing with people,” he told Reuters. According to local residents, the attackers shot and injured five people, including four students. KOLA SULAIMON/AFP/Getty

Heavily armed criminal gangs, known locally as bandits, have long targeted Nigeria’s central and northwestern states, raiding villages, stealing cattle and kidnapping for ransom. Parents and relatives of students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna who were abducted hold placards during a demonstration in Abuja, Nigeria, May 4, 2021 to demand the release of the government do more to rescue kidnapped students. “Everyone was confused. Mass kidnappings are just one challenge for President Muhammadu Buhari’s security forces, however, as they’re also battling a jihadist insurgency in the northeast — which also kidnaps children in raids on schools – and rising separatist tensions in the country’s southeast. Nigeria In Turmoil

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Police would not immediately say how many students were at the college at the time of the attack. 12:07

Security forces were tracking the assailants into a nearby forested area to try to rescue of the missing students and teachers, the Kebbi state police statement said. Then my brother called me [and said] his two children have not been seen and [we] don’t know if they are among the kidnapped.”

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Lagos, Nigeria — Gunmen attacked a school in northwest Nigeria on Thursday, kidnapping more than 80 students and five teachers, according to some accounts. But they have increasingly targeted schools, snatching students or schoolchildren and herding them into forest hideouts to negotiate ransom payments. Reuters also spoke to Atiku Aboki, a resident who said he’d gone to the school right after the attack and seen panicked residents looking for their children. The Reuters news agency quoted Usman Aliyu, a teacher at the school, as saying the gunmen escaped with more than 80 students, most of them girls.”They killed one of the (police officers), broke through the gate and went straight to the students’ classes,” he told the news agency over the phone. First published on June 18, 2021 / 10:43 AM The attack on the Federal Government College in Kebbi State was the third assault by kidnap gangs on a school in Nigeria in less than a month.