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Gunmen kidnap college students in Niger state

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Nigerian officers say gunmen have kidnapped many college students from an Islamic faculty in Nigeria – the most recent in a collection of such assaults on faculties.

Authorities in Niger state confirmed to the BBC that gunmen had seized an unknown variety of college students from the varsity within the city of Tegina on Sunday.

A trainer advised the BBC that 150 college students had been lacking, whereas different studies put the determine at about 200.

Abductions carried out for ransom are more and more frequent in northern states.

In February practically 300 women had been taken by armed males from a boarding faculty in Jangebe, Zamfara state. Most had been later freed.

Within the newest incident, witnesses quoted by This Day information web site mentioned gunmen driving on bikes stormed the city and opened hearth indiscriminately. As folks fled the attackers went to the Islamic faculty and seized the kids. The varsity is attended by girls and boys, aged six to 18.

Authorities mentioned two folks had been shot in the course of the assault and one had since died. A lot of folks travelling in a automotive had been additionally reportedly kidnapped.

BBC Nigeria correspondent Mayeni Jones says kidnapping for ransom has change into extra frequent throughout Nigeria in current months.

The assault in Tegina comes a day after 14 folks kidnapped from a college within the neighbouring state of Kaduna had been launched.

Security personnel stand at a female hostel at the Greenfield University in Kaduna, Nigeria, on April 21, 2021

College students kidnapped from a personal college in Kaduna in April had been freed on Saturday

Tegina can also be not removed from the city of Kagara, the place 27 college students had been kidnapped in February.

There have been at the least six kidnappings of scholars in north-west and central Nigeria since December, our correspondent says, and greater than 800 college students and workers have been kidnapped.

The 2014 kidnap of 276 schoolgirls within the north-eastern city of Chibok by Islamist militants Boko Haram introduced world consideration to the scourge of raids on faculties in Nigeria, however newer assaults are suspected to be the work of legal gangs.

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