Nigerian Schoolboys Freed as Search for Abducted Girls Continues

Elvera Bartels

The abductions have occur amid a surge in kidnappings for ransom across northern Nigeria, in which armed militancy has led to a worsening breakdown of protection. Hundreds of educational institutions across a extensive swath of Africa’s most populous country have been shut in the latest times, while surveillance plane and protection forces have been dispatched to hunt for the lacking.

The 42 hostages freed on Saturday were being taken from a college in the Kagara district of Niger state, which borders the funds Abuja, and marched into the sprawling Rugu forest on Feb. 17, when gunmen confused the college protection, killing a single college student.

“The Kidnapped Pupils, Staff and Family of Governing administration Science College Kagara have regained their liberty and have been gained by the Niger State Governing administration,” Abubakar Sani Bello, the governor of Niger state, reported on


He gave no details about how the

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