9 Nigerian college students kidnapped at gunpoint in area’s newest faculty abduction

9 Nigerian college students kidnapped at gunpoint in area’s newest faculty abduction

At the least 9 college students have been kidnapped by gunmen throughout a late-night raid on their faculty in northern Nigeria’s Kogi state, authorities mentioned Friday, the third such abduction amid rampant kidnappings focusing on faculties within the conflict-hit area this 12 months.

The assailants invaded the Confluence College of Science and Know-how in Kogi state, which neighbors the nation’s capital, Abuja, and whisked away the scholars from their school rooms earlier than safety forces might arrive, in keeping with Kogi Commissioner for Data Kingsley Femi Fanwo.

The state has “activated the safety structure to trace the abductors and guarantee the abducted students are rescued and the abductors apprehended,” Fanwo added.

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A mother hugs her daughter after she was released together with 27 students of the Bethel Baptist High School after they were kidnapped by armed gunmen.

A mom hugs her daughter on July 25, 2021, after she was launched with 27 different college students of Bethel Baptist Excessive Faculty who have been kidnapped. Gunmen seized 121 college students who have been sleeping of their dorms on the Nigeria highschool throughout that incident. Faculty-targeted mass abductions have plagued the area because the first such incident in 2014, when Islamic extremists kidnapped greater than 200 schoolgirls. (AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

The official mentioned native hunters have been serving to safety forces in “combing” the college space, which is surrounded by bushes within the distant Osara city.

Nigeria has struggled with several mass school kidnappings because the first such incident in 2014 when Islamic extremists kidnapped greater than 200 schoolgirls from the northeastern Chibok village, sparking the worldwide #BringBackOurGirls social media marketing campaign.

At the least 1,400 Nigerian college students have since been kidnapped from their faculties in comparable circumstances, together with a minimum of 130 youngsters kidnapped from their faculty in Kuriga city within the northern Kaduna state in March. Some are nonetheless held captive, together with practically 100 of the Chibok women.

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