Gunmen seized 136 youngsters from an Islamic seminary in central Nigeria on the weekend, the state authorities mentioned, the newest in a string of such incidents plaguing Africa’s most populous nation.
The Niger state authorities first reported the raid on the varsity within the city of Tegina on Monday, however didn’t point out the variety of youngsters seized.
Armed gangs are terrorising inhabitants in northwest and central Nigeria by looting villages, stealing cattle, and taking individuals hostage.
Greater than 700 youngsters and college students have already been kidnapped by gunmen for ransom since December.
“Niger State Authorities has confirmed the variety of college students kidnapped by bandits on the Salihu Tanko Islamic College, Tegina… to be 136,” the native authorities wrote on Twitter late on Wednesday.
The state deputy governor Alh Ahmed Mohammed Ketso mentioned that safety companies have been “doing their greatest however haven’t got sufficient logistics,” including that extra assist was wanted to equip them to confront the criminals.
The attackers did launch 11 of the pupils who have been “too small and could not stroll” very far, the authorities beforehand mentioned.
The Niger state authorities mentioned it didn’t pay ransoms.
“We are attempting to barter to see how we are able to carry them again safely,” the deputy governor mentioned.
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