Gunmen kidnap 15 youngsters in one more college abduction in northern Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Armed males broke right into a boarding college in northwestern Nigeria early Saturday and seized 15 youngsters as they slept, police advised The Related Press, about 48 hours after almost 300 college students have been taken hostage within the conflict-hit area.

Faculty abductions are frequent in Nigeria’s northern area, particularly because the 2014 kidnapping of greater than 200 schoolgirls by Islamic extremists in Borno state’s Chibok village shocked the world. Armed gangs have since focused colleges for kidnap ransoms, leading to at the least 1,400 kidnapped since then.

The gunmen within the newest assault invaded the Gidan Bakuso village of the Gada council space in Sokoto state at about 1 a.m. native time, police mentioned. They headed to the Islamic college the place they seized the kids from their hostel earlier than safety forces might arrive, Sokoto police spokesman Ahmad Rufa’i advised the AP.

One girl was additionally kidnapped from the village, Rufa’i mentioned, including {that a} police tactical squad was deployed to seek for the scholars.

The inaccessible roads within the space, nevertheless, challenged the rescue operation, he mentioned, including: “It’s a distant village (and) autos can not go there; they (the police squad) had to make use of bikes to the village.”

Saturday’s assault was the third mass kidnapping in northern Nigeria since late final week, when greater than 200 individuals, largely ladies and kids, have been kidnapped by suspected extremists in Borno state. On Thursday, 287 college students have been additionally taken hostage from a authorities major and secondary college in Kaduna state.

The assaults spotlight as soon as once more a safety disaster that has plagued Africa’s most populous nation. Kidnappings for ransoms have turn out to be profitable throughout Nigeria’s northern area, the place dozens of armed gangs function.

No group claimed accountability for any of the abductions. Whereas Islamic extremists who’re waging an insurgency in northeastern Nigeria are suspected of finishing up the kidnapping in Borno state, locals blamed the college kidnappings on herders who had been in battle with their host communities earlier than taking on arms.

Nigeria’s Vice President Kashim Shettima, in the meantime, met with authorities and a few dad and mom of the kidnapped college students in Kaduna state on Saturday and warranted them of efforts by safety forces to search out the kids and rescue them.

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