344 Schoolboys Launched After Abduction In Nigeria : NPR


Nigerian authorities officers say that greater than 300 schoolboys, who had been kidnapped in an assault claimed Boko Haram, have been freed.

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Nigerian authorities officers say that greater than 300 schoolboys, who had been kidnapped in an assault claimed Boko Haram, have been freed.

Kola Sulaimon/AFP through Getty Photos

Greater than 300 schoolchildren have safely walked free, in line with Nigerian officers, roughly per week after their mass abduction within the northern state of Katsina. The area’s governor, Aminu Bello Masari, introduced the discharge of the boys — 344 in all — in a assertion Thursday, saying they might obtain medical consideration earlier than reuniting with their households.

“It is a big aid to your complete nation & worldwide group,” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari mentioned in his personal remarks. “The complete nation is grateful to Governor Masari, the Intelligence Companies, the Navy and the Police Power.”

The pair of bulletins mark a contented ending to what has been one other deeply fraught week in Nigeria. The boys had been kidnapped final Friday from the Authorities Science Secondary College within the metropolis of Kankara, in a brazen assault claimed Boko Haram.

The Islamist militant group has claimed accountability or been blamed for a sequence of high-profile assaults in Nigeria. The kidnapping final Friday additionally recollects the group’s internationally condemned 2014 abduction of 276 schoolgirls — almost half of whom seem to stay in captivity.

However the newer mass abduction would characterize one thing of a stretch for the group, which usually operates within the nation’s northeast areas, the place it’s based mostly. And authorities officers to this point have averted publicly attributing the latest assault in northwest Nigeria to Boko Haram, regardless of the group’s declare of accountability.

It stays unclear exactly how the federal government obtained the schoolboys’ launch. However Masari beforehand mentioned that officers had been engaged in talks with the abductors, and that the nation’s safety businesses had deployed for “rescue operations” after finding the youngsters earlier this week.

Because the kidnapping, native residents have gathered for demonstrations protesting the federal government, which they are saying has allowed extremists free rein to commit violence with out worry of retribution. Buhari appeared to acknowledge these complaints in recorded feedback posted Friday.

“We’re aware of our accountability,” the Nigerian president mentioned. “Our accountability is to safe the nation. So we have now a variety of work to do.”





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