Five girls rescued after Nigeria’s latest mass kidnapping, police say

Five girls who were among 73 children kidnapped from a school in northwestern Nigeria have been rescued.

“The ongoing search and rescue mission is yielding positive results as five abducted female students were today rescued. The victims were medically checked at the hospital, debriefed by the police and reunited with their families,” Zamfara State Police said in a statement.

Wednesday’s attack on a secondary school in the village of Kaya was the latest in a spree of raids on schools across the northwest by armed gangs who were seeking ransoms. Reportedly more than 1,100 children and teenagers have been abducted since December.

However, UNICEF said in a statement that 100 students aged between 14 and 19 and a teacher had been abducted, 23 of them managed to escape and have returned home. Two of those sustained bullet wounds. A teacher at the school reportedly told Reuters by telephone that after some students who had escaped were taken into account, there were still more than 90 missing (943 Jack Fm).

Verifying the exact details of abductions and their aftermath is very difficult due to the remote locations of a lot of the targeted schools and the high levels of insecurity across the northwest.

Zamfara is among four states that have taken measures such as the banning of the sale of fuel in jerry cans and the transporting of firewood by truck, in the hopes of disrupting the gangs who travel by motorbike and camp out in forests (Pen Pusher Hackette).



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