Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction

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Hundreds of women are lacking after a big group of gunmen raided a faculty in northern Nigeria early Friday morning, residents say.

The Government Secondary Jangebe School in Zamfara state was the scene of the newest mass abduction of faculty youngsters in northern Nigeria.

Nasiru Abdullahi advised The Associated Press that faculty information present 300 women are lacking. His daughters, aged 10 and 13, are amongst them.

Resident Musa Mustapha mentioned the gunmen additionally attacked a close-by navy camp and checkpoint, stopping troopers from interfering whereas the gunmen spent a number of hours on the faculty. It was not instantly clear if there have been any casualties.

Several massive teams of armed males function in Zamfara state, described by the federal government as bandits, and are recognized to kidnap for cash and for the discharge of their members from jail.

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“We are angered and saddened by yet another brutal attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria,” mentioned Peter Hawkins, UNICEF consultant in the nation. “This is a gross violation of children’s rights and a horrific experience for children to go through.” He known as for his or her quick launch.

The West African nation has seen a number of such assaults and kidnappings through the years, notably the mass abduction in April 2014 by jihadist group Boko Haram of 276 women from the secondary faculty in Chibok in Borno state. More than 100 of the ladies are nonetheless lacking.

Friday’s assault got here lower than two weeks after gunmen kidnapped 42 folks, together with 27 college students, from the Government Science College Kagara in Niger State. The college students, lecturers and members of the family are nonetheless being held.

In December, 344 college students had been kidnapped from the Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina State. They had been finally launched.

Anietie Ewang, Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch, famous the latest abductions and tweeted that “Strong action is required from the authorities to turn the tide & keep schools safe.”

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