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Fri Feb 26, 2021, 01:07 PM

Kidnappers abduct 317 schoolgirls in Nigeria in armed night-time raid

Source: The Guardian

Police have said 317 schoolgirls have been abducted in north-west Nigeria, the third mass kidnapping of students in three months in an escalating wave of rural attacks blamed on groups of armed bandits.

The schoolgirls were abducted at about 1am from the town of Jangebe, Zamfara state, from the Jangebe government girls’ secondary school, police said on Friday.
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A local government official in Zamfara said the gunmen shot sporadically and took the girls away. “Information available to me said they came with vehicles and moved the students, they also moved some on foot,” Sulaiman Tanau Anka, an information commissioner, told Reuters.
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A surge in armed militancy by several armed bandit groups in Africa’s most populous country has caused mounting dismay, amid a breakdown of security, particularly in rural areas. The groups operate from forest hideouts spanning north-western Nigeria into Niger, where they have launched attacks, kidnappings, theft and sexual violence on rural towns and villages.



Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/26/kidnappers-abduct-schoolchildren-in-nigeria

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Reply Kidnappers abduct 317 schoolgirls in Nigeria in armed night-time raid (Original post)
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2021 OP
Make7 Feb 2021 #1
Bayard Feb 2021 #2
SharonAnn Feb 2021 #3
scarletwoman Feb 2021 #4
jimfields33 Feb 2021 #5
oldsoftie Feb 2021 #6
jimfields33 Feb 2021 #7
Marcuse Feb 2021 #8
Kingofalldems Feb 2021 #9
EX500rider Mar 2021 #15
riversedge Feb 2021 #10
FlyingPiggy Feb 2021 #11
rockfordfile Mar 2021 #12
muriel_volestrangler Mar 2021 #13
Hortensis Mar 2021 #14

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 01:22 PM

1. What a nightmare.

How morally bankrupt must a group of people be to target large groups of children?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 01:26 PM

2. Those poor girls

I don't see how the government can continue to pay ransoms, and it increases the crimes.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 01:27 PM

3. It's always the girls

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 01:51 PM

4. Not really. The last mass kidnapping of school kids was boys:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/17/africa/nigerian-schoolboys-released-intl/index.html

344 kidnapped Nigerian boys freed, says state official

(CNN)Hundreds of schoolboys who were abducted last week in northwestern Nigeria have been freed, according to a state official.

More than 300 schoolboys were missing for nearly a week, after an attack on the Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina State. The Nigerian military late on Thursday rescued 344 of them, and they have been received at the state capital by governor Aminu Bello Masari, according to his spokesperson, Abdu Labaran.

Boko Haram was not involved, he added, but rather the boys were kidnapped by bandits masquerading as the Islamist terrorist group.


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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 02:43 PM

5. And always with a United States Democratic President. Why?

I remember last time our First Lady Obama got involved. Now it’s happening with the Biden’s. That pisses me off!!!!!

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 04:08 PM

6. Kids were taken while trump was president too. They didnt take 4 yrs off!

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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 05:42 PM

7. Oh ok.

Regardless, I hope this stops. So traumatic for the kids even when returned.

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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 11:26 PM

8. Melania said she didn't really care.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 27, 2021, 02:32 PM

9. Not a good try there.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 02:14 PM

15. Rebel/terrorist groups hiding in the bush in Central Africa don't pay much attention to US politics

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2021, 03:37 PM

10. gawds. How horrible for kids and families. It goes on and on..

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2021, 08:33 PM

11. This is horrifying. I wish there was something we could do.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 12:07 PM

12. again?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:00 AM

13. Nigeria school abduction: Hundreds of girls released by gunmen

A group of nearly 300 girls who were kidnapped from a school in north-western Nigeria last week have been released, a local official says.

The girls were abducted by unidentified gunmen from their boarding school in Jangebe, Zamfara state, on Friday and taken to a forest, police said.

The state's governor said on Tuesday that the group had been freed and the girls were now safe.
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Mr Matawalle has denied paying for the girls to be released, but last week President Muhammadu Buhari admitted state governments had paid kidnappers "with money and vehicles" in the past and urged them to review the policy.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-56249626

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #13)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:51 AM

14. "state governments had paid kidnappers "with money and vehicles" in the past."

Sounds like that may explain why the frequency of these mass kidnappings has stepped up.

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