Hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls released in Nigeria

Hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped from a boarding school in Jangebe, northwestern Nigeria, on the night from Thursday to Friday are free again. This has been announced by Bello Matawalle, the governor of the state of Zamfara, where Jangebe is located.

It concerns 279 girls. They are in good health, according to the governor. Earlier it was said that 317 girls were missing. “The total number of girls kidnapped in the school is 279, they are all here with us,” the governor said Tuesday.

Hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls released in Nigeria

The girls arrived early in the morning in various minibusses at the government building in Gusau, capital of Zamfara, a journalist from the French news agency AFP noted.

The authorities took them to an auditorium where, among other things, they were given a clean clothes.

Hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls released in Nigeria
©AFP – Schoolgirl returning back

It was the fourth attack on schools in less than three months in northwestern Nigeria.

Armed groups are abducting people in the region to demand ransom, as well as livestock. Some groups have close ties with jihadist groups.

In December, more than 300 more students were kidnapped in the city of Kankara. The kidnapping was claimed by Boko Haram but was carried out by one of the local groups. The students were released a week later after negotiations between the criminal groups and the government.

Hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls released in Nigeria
© REUTERS – Kidnapped schoolgirls

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