Gunmen abduct 287 students in the latest school attack in Nigeria’s northwest

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Gunmen attacked a schoolhouse successful Nigeria’s northwest region Thursday and abducted astatine slightest 287 students, nan headteacher told authorities, marking nan 2nd wide abduction successful nan West African federation successful little than a week.

Abductions of students from schools in bluish Nigeria are communal and person go a root of interest since 2014 erstwhile Islamic extremists kidnapped complete 200 schoolgirls successful Borno state’s Chibok village. In caller years, nan abductions person been concentrated successful northwestern and cardinal regions, wherever dozens of equipped groups often target villagers and travelers for immense ransoms.

Locals told The Associated Press nan assailants connected Thursday surrounded nan government-owned schoolhouse successful Kaduna State’s Kuriga municipality conscionable arsenic nan pupils and students were astir to commencement nan schoolhouse time astatine astir 8 a.m.

Authorities had said earlier that much than 100 students were taken hostage successful nan attack. Sani Abdullahi, nan headteacher, however, told Kaduna Gov. Uba Sani erstwhile he visited nan municipality that nan full number of those missing aft a headcount was 287.

“We will guarantee that each kid will travel back. We are moving pinch nan information agencies,” nan politician told villagers successful nan area located 55 miles from nan capital.

No group claimed work for Thursday’s onslaught though blasted fell on armed groups that mostly represent herders who person been accused of carrying retired convulsive attacks and kidnappings for ransom pursuing decades-long pastoral conflict pinch big communities.

Security forces arrived pinch nan politician respective hours later arsenic a hunt cognition widened, while organization members and parents gathered to hold for news.

The onslaught occurred days after more than 200 people, mostly women and children, were abducted by extremists successful northeastern Nigeria.

Women, children and students are often targeted successful nan wide abductions in nan conflict-hit bluish region and galore victims are released only aft paying immense ransoms.

Observers opportunity some attacks are a reminder of Nigeria’s worsening information situation which resulted successful nan deaths of respective 100 group successful 2023, according to an AP analysis.

People stitchery astir an area were gunmen kidnapped schoolhouse children successful Chikun, Nigeria, Thursday, March 7, 2024. (AP Photo)

People stitchery astir an area were gunmen kidnapped schoolhouse children successful Chikun, Nigeria, Thursday, March 7, 2024. (AP Photo)

Bola Tinubu was elected president of Nigeria past twelvemonth aft promising to extremity nan violence. But location has been “no tangible betterment successful information business yet” nether Tinubu, said Oluwole Ojewale, West and Central Africa interrogator pinch nan Africa-focused Institute for Security Studies.

People stitchery astir an area were gunmen kidnapped schoolhouse children successful Chikun, NigeriaPeople stitchery astir an area were gunmen kidnapped schoolhouse children successful Chikun, Nigeria, connected March 7, 2024.AP

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