Gunmen abduct 317 schoolgirls in northwest Nigeria as security collapses

Gunmen abduct 317 schoolgirls in northwest Nigeria as security collapses

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Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 317 schoolgirls from the town of Jangebe in northwest Nigeria on Friday, police said, the second such kidnapping in little over a week.

A surge in armed militancy has led to a breakdown of security in the north of Africa’s most populous country, where school kidnappings are beco ming endemic.

“The Zamfara State Police Command in collaboration with the military have commenced a joint search and rescue operation with a view to rescuing the 317 students kidnapped by the armed bandits in Government Girls Science Secondary School Jangebe,” police said in a statement.

The rise in abductions is fuelled in part by sizeable government payoffs in exchange for the children, officials have said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The government regularly denies such payouts.

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