MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Sept 2 – 5 women who had been amongst 73 youngsters kidnapped from a faculty in northwestern Nigeria have been rescued, police in Zamfara State mentioned on Thursday, though different sources gave totally different particulars within the aftermath of the mass abduction.
Wednesday’s assault on a secondary college within the village of Kaya was the newest in a spree of raids on faculties throughout the northwest by armed gangs looking for ransoms. Greater than 1,100 youngsters and youngsters have been kidnapped since December.
“The continued search and rescue mission is yielding optimistic consequence as 5 kidnapped feminine college students had been at the moment rescued,” Zamfara State Police mentioned in an announcement.
“The victims had been medically checked on the hospital, debriefed by the police and reunited … with their households,” it mentioned.
Nonetheless, UNICEF mentioned in an announcement that 100 college students aged between 14 and 19 and a trainer had been kidnapped, of whom 23 had managed to flee and had returned house. Two of these had sustained bullet wounds.
A trainer on the college informed Reuters by phone that after some college students who had escaped had been taken under consideration, there have been nonetheless greater than 90 lacking. The trainer additionally mentioned that two of the escaped college students had been shot.
Verifying the precise particulars of abductions and their aftermath is tough as a result of distant areas of lots of the focused faculties and the excessive ranges of insecurity throughout the northwest.
Zamfara is amongst 4 states which have taken measures equivalent to banning the sale of gas in jerry cans and the transport of firewood by truck, within the hope of disrupting gangs who journey by bike and camp out in forests.