Over 100 students and teachers abducted by armed gangs in northwestern Nigeria

Over 100 students and teachers abducted by armed gangs in northwestern Nigeria

Gunmen have kidnapped about 100 students and teachers from a government secondary school in Zamfara state, northwestern Nigeria, on Wednesday.

The Nigerian website Tribune Online said that gunmen opened fire inside the school and kidnapped more than 100 students and dozens of teachers.

In total hundreds of students have been kidnapped in different Nigerian states since December last year, with most of them eventually being released after negotiations with local officials.

Armed criminal gangs often attack villages to loot, steal cattle and kidnap people for ransom in northwestern and central Nigeria, but since the start of the year they have increasingly targeted schools and colleges.

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