Nigerian kidnappings: Gunmen kidnap school girls in Zamfara state, government official says


The schoolchildren were taken away from their hostels by gunmen who ran down Jangebe City Government High School, a senior government official who knew about the incident told CNN.

According to the source, a police officer was killed in the attack who did not want to name himself because he did not have permission to register.

“They came in about 20 motorcycles and marched the kidnapped girls into the woods,” the source said. “The bandits arrived around 1:45 a.m. and operated around 3 a.m.

“The sad thing is that there is a military checkpoint that is about four minutes away from school,” he added.

There are about 500 students in the boarding school, about 315 of whom were taken away by the gunmen. Others managed to escape and return to their hostels, the source said.

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A state police spokesman told CNN that a detailed statement will be released when the incidents are compiled. He declined to comment on the number of students abducted during the incident.

The latest abduction comes barely two weeks after at least 42 people, including students, were abducted in a similar raid at a public school in Niger State, Nigeria’s Central Belt region. One student was killed in the attack, while 27 students, three teachers and nine family members were abducted. Your current location is unknown.

UNICEF on Friday expressed concern about reports of a one-day attack.

“We are angry and sad and another brutal attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF’s Nigerian representative.

“This is a gross violation of children’s rights and a terrible experience for children – which can have a long-term impact on their mental health and well-being. We fully condemn the attack and call on those responsible to release the child’s rights. The girls immediately and the government should steps to ensure their safe release and the safety of all other Nigerian schoolchildren.

“Children should always feel safe at home and at school – and parents shouldn’t have to worry about their children’s safety when they’re sent to school in the morning,” Hawkins said.

Many parents are concerned about the safety of their children in schools in northern Nigeria.

In December, at least 300 schoolboys were abducted by bandits in Katsina, the home of President Muhammadu Buhari. The students have since been released.

Of the school kidnapping cases, the most prominent in the country were those of school girls in Chibok who were abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014.