Law Enforcement Tackles Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria

Law Enforcement Tackles Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria

( – Jihadist groups like Boko Haram have carried out school kidnappings in Nigeria for years. The highest-profile abduction occurred in the town of Chibok in 2014. Terrorists abducted more than 270 schoolgirls, and about 100 of them remain missing.

On Saturday, February 27, gunmen released a group of 27 teenaged boys abducted from their school in the Nigerian state of Niger on February 17. The boys were kidnapped along with 12 family members. One boy died during the raid.

Nigerian security forces continue looking for 317 girls abducted from a secondary school in the state of Zamfara on Friday. Army troops and Zamfara police officials launched search and rescue efforts over the weekend. Journalists working for the Reuters news agency reported seeing a heavy military presence and police checkpoints in Gusau, the state capital.

The schoolgirls’ abduction was the second raid carried out by jihadists in Zamfara in a little more than a week. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari urged state government officials not to reward the “bandits” with vehicles or cash.

This story remains ongoing. We will keep you updated as events unfold.

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