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New mass abduction at Nigeria school, hundreds missing

Kano, Nigeria, Feb 26 – Several hundreds girls are missing after a raid by suspected armed bandits on a school hostel in Zamfara, northwest Nigeria, a teacher and parent told AFP on Friday, in what would be the latest mass kidnapping in the troubled region.

Heavily-armed criminal gangs in northwest and central Nigeria have stepped up attacks in recent years, kidnapping for ransom, raping and pillaging.

“More than 300 girls are unaccounted for after a headcount of remaining students,” a teacher at the Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe who asked to remain anonymous.

A parent told AFP he had received a call about the incident. 

“I’m on my way to Jangebe. I received a call that the school was invaded by bandits who took away schoolgirls. I have two daughters in the school,” said Sadi Kawaye.

Police have not yet confirmed the incident.

Last week, 42 people were taken by a gang from a school in nearby Niger state.

More than 300 boys were kidnapped from a school in December in Kankara, President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state of Katsina, while he was visiting the region.

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The boys were later released after negotiations with government officials but the incident triggered global outrage.

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