Thursday December 09, 2021

30 kidnapped school children released in Nigeria

Published : 22 Oct 2021, 01:26

  DF News Desk

This photo taken on Feb. 26, 2021, shows a dormitory of the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe town in the Talata-Mafara local government area of Zamfara state, Nigeria. File Photo: Xinhua.

Thirty school children, who were kidnapped from a secondary school in Nigeria's northwestern state of Kebbi more than four months ago, were released by their captors on Thursday, the state government said, reported Xinhua.

In a statement, the Kebbi state government confirmed the release of the 30 students of the Federal Government College in the Birnin Yauri area of the state, adding the students have arrived at the state capital Birnin Kebbi, and they will undergo medical screening and support before being reunited with their families.

"Efforts are still continuing to secure the release of the remaining," said the statement, without revealing the number of students that were still held by the kidnappers.

"We thank all those who have helped in securing the release," it added.

A group of unknown gunmen attacked the secondary school on June 17, killing one policeman and abducted an unspecified number of students and five teachers.

A series of gunmen attacks recently happened in the northern part of the most populous African country, including attacks on schools and the kidnapping of students.