Hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria

In northwest Nigeria, 317 schoolgirls were kidnapped Thursday night. The Nigerian police confirmed this on Friday.

Earlier there was talk of just over 300 people. Armed men stormed the school’s boarding school in Gangibi, Zamfara state. One of the teachers at the school said this.

“More than 300 girls have been reported missing,” said Saadi Kawai, who works at the school. Police later confirmed that 317 people were involved in the matter.

According to Save the Children, the number rises even more. The organization says it knows about 450 kidnapped girls.

Militants also attacked an army camp and a nearby checkpoint.

Police spokesman Mohamed Sheikho said that a search and rescue operation had begun with the army and “heavily armed reinforcements” were sent to the village.

In northern Nigeria, attacks by armed groups have been repeated in the past ten years. They kidnap people to demand ransom and livestock. Some groups have close ties to jihadist groups in the region.

In December, more than 300 other students were kidnapped in Kankara City. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but it was carried out by a local group. The students were released after a week after negotiations between criminal groups and the government.

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