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Over 150 Students Abducted in Nigeria

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Summary: 

  • Over 150 children went missing after a group of “armed bandits” attacked a Islamic school in the cistatety of Niger, Nigeria. 
  • Rumors at the school, which teaches basic religious knowledge on Islam, were already circulating over bandits coming to attack the community. 
  • The headteacher of the school Abubakar Alhassan described the chaos as the gunmen came in through the windows of the school, causing panic among the students.
  • According to local police, the group arrived on motorcycles through Tegina, “shooting indiscriminately,” killing one person and targeting children in Kindergarten, elementary, and middle school aged students.
  • The reoccurring issue of kidnapping of children for ransom by Maundering groups in Nigeria is common, as this incident comes after the kidnapping of 42 people in Kagara and release of 5 of 10 students kidnapped from a university in Kadura. 
  • Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, Nigeria State Governor, stated their plan to not “pay ransom to abductors” but instead “negotiate to see how [they] can bring them back safely.” In response, Ketso has also changed school times and contacted the parents to ensure the childrens’ safe return. 
  • Some very young children were released, but the majority remain unaccounted for. Local police urged that “the Police and other security agencies shall do everything humanly possible to ensure that the children are rescued unhurt.”

Sources

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/01/africa/nigeria-school-kidnapping-tegina-nigeria-intl/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/31/africa/gunmen-abduct-children-nigeria-intl/index.html

https://www.cbs58.com/news/more-than-150-children-are-missing-in-latest-nigeria-kidnapping-raid

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