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Gunmen abduct more than 300 girls from school in Nigeria’s Zamfara state

Over 300 school girls have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in Nigeria’s north-western Zamfara state, police said.

Security officers have been dispatched to the town of Jangebe where the girls were seized early on Friday morning.

Group of gunmen arrived at the Government Girls Secondary School with pick-up vehicles and motorcycles, a teacher told news site Punch.




Some of the gunmen were dressed as government security forces, the report said, adding that they forced the schoolgirls in the vehicles.

This is the latest mass abduction targeting schools in recent weeks. Armed gangs often seize schoolchildren for ransom.

At least 42 people, including 27 students, who were kidnapped last week in Kagara, in neighbouring Niger state, are yet to be released.



The 2014 kidnap of 276 schoolgirls in the north-eastern town of Chibok by Islamist militants Boko Haram brought global attention to the scourge of raids on schools in Nigeria but the most recent attacks are suspected to be the work of criminal gangs.

The UN children’s agency Unicef said it was ”angered and saddened” by yet another mass abduction of students in Nigeria describing it as ”brutal” and a ”violation of children’s rights.”