GUSAU, Nigeria — Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted final week from a boarding college within the northwestern Zamfara sigh have been released, the sigh’s governor mentioned Tuesday.
Zamfara sigh governor Bello Matawalle presented that 279 girls have been freed.
Gunmen abducted the girls from the Government Ladies Junior Secondary College in Jangebe town on Friday, within the most in vogue in a series of mass kidnappings of school students within the West African nation.
An Associated Press reporter seen a total bunch of girls carrying mild blue hijabs and barefoot sitting on the sigh Government Condominium office in Gusau.
After the meeting, the girls had been escorted birth air by officers and introduced away in trucks. They appeared collected and ranged in ages from 10 and up.
“Alhamdulillah! (God be praised!) It gladdens my heart to yelp the liberate of the abducted college students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity. This follows the scaling of several hurdles laid in opposition to our efforts. I enjoin all effectively-meaning Nigerians to have fun with us as our daughters are now safe,” Matawalle mentioned in a put up on Twitter early Tuesday.
On the time of the attack, one resident told AP that the gunmen also attacked a nearby military camp and checkpoint, combating troopers from responding to the mass abduction on the college.
Police and the military had since been finishing up joint operations to rescue the girls, whose abduction precipitated global outrage.
Nigeria has seen several such assaults and kidnappings in fresh years. On Saturday, 24 college students, six workers and eight relatives had been released after being abducted on February 17 from the Government Science College Kagara in Niger sigh. In December, more than 300 schoolboys from a secondary college in Kankara, in northwestern Nigeria, had been taken and later released. The authorities has mentioned no ransom used to be paid for the college students’ liberate.
One of the most infamous kidnapping used to be in April 2014, when 276 girls had been abducted by the jihadist rebels of Boko Haram from the secondary college in Chibok in Borno sigh. Better than 100 of those girls are aloof missing. Boko Haram is antagonistic to western education and its warring parties continuously target colleges.
Other organized armed teams, within the neighborhood known as bandits, continuously abduct college students for money. The authorities says great teams of armed males in Zamfara sigh are known to kidnap for money and to press for the liberate of their participants held in jail.
Experts yell if the kidnappings proceed to lunge unpunished, they are able to fair proceed.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari mentioned final week the authorities wouldn’t “succumb to blackmail by bandits and criminals who target harmless college college students in expectation of gargantuan ransom payments.” He known as on sigh governments to search out out about their policy of making payments, in money or autos, to bandits, announcing one of these policy has the aptitude to backfire.
AP writers Sam Olukoya in Lagos, Nigeria and Carley Petesch in Dakar, Senegal contributed.
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