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Kidnappers in Nigeria Release 28 School Children, Another 81 Still Held, Says Negotiator

Nigerian authorities have attributed the kidnappings to what they name armed bandits searching for ransom funds. (Image for illustration/ Reuters)

The assault on the Bethel Baptist High School within the state of Kaduna was the 10th mass college kidnapping since December in northwest Nigeria.

  • Reuters Kaduna
  • Last Updated:July 25, 2021, 19:44 IST
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Kidnappers who raided a boarding college in northern Nigeria earlier this month launched 28 youngsters on Sunday however one other 81 stay in captivity, in response to a pastor concerned within the negotiations for his or her launch.

The assault on the Bethel Baptist High School within the state of Kaduna was the 10th mass college kidnapping since December in northwest Nigeria carried out by Islamist militants and extra not too long ago, legal gangs.

A primary batch of 28 youngsters was launched two days after the raid. Parents instructed Reuters that 180 college students usually attend the varsity, and that pupils have been within the means of sitting exams.

“Twenty-eight college students have been freed this morning,” Reverend Ite Joseph Hayab told Reuters on phone. “Quite a number of the students before now escaped … but 81 are still in captivity.”

Nigerian authorities have attributed the kidnappings to what they name armed bandits searching for ransom funds.

The police and Kaduna state commissioner for inner safety and residential affairs weren’t instantly accessible for remark.

Radika Bivan, a mum or dad whose daughter is amongst these kidnapped confirmed that 28 of them have been launched however mentioned she didn’t see her baby amongst them.

Kaduna authorities had ordered the closure of the varsity and 12 others within the space following the kidnap, with out saying when they could reopen.

Schools have grow to be targets for mass kidnappings for ransom in northern Nigeria by armed teams. Such kidnappings in Nigeria have been first carried out by jihadist group Boko Haram, and later its offshoot Islamic State West Africa Province, however the tactic has now been adopted by different legal gangs.

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