Gunmen abduct another 200 schoolchildren in Nigeria
London, May 31, 2021 (AltAfrica)–About 200 students of an Islamiyya school located at Tegina in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, norther Nigeria have been abducted by unknown gunmen, a police spokesman said.
During the operation, one person was shot dead while another lays critically injured after gunmen carried out the kidnap operation at about 4:30pm on Sunday afternoon
The incident is the latest in a series of mass abductions in Nigerian schools by armed gangs. On Saturday, 14 university students and staff who had been abducted from Greenfield University in Kaduna state on April 20 were freed after spending more than a month in captivity
Some 200 children were at the school when the incident took place. The Niger state government said “an unconfirmed number” were taken.
Wasiu Abiodun, the Niger state police spokesman, said the abduction was carried out by “armed bandits on board motorcycles.”
The gunmen fired “indiscriminately” he said. All “tactical teams” have been mobilized to rescue the victims and the police will “ensure that the children are rescued unhurt,” according to the police spokesman.
The school’s owner, Abubakar Tegina, witnessed the attack.
“I personally saw between 20 and 25 motorcycles with heavily armed people. They entered the school and went away with about 150 or more of the students,” Tegina, who lives around 150 meters from the school, told the Reuters news agency.
Armed groups have carried out raids on schools in northern Nigeria, kidnapping hundreds of students since December. The worst incident this year occurred at the Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe in February, when 279 girls were abducted and later released.
Many schools have been forced to close due to the frequent incidents. (Reuters, AP, AFP, dpa)