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More than a hundred children kidnapped from Nigerian school, authorities confirm

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Gunmen on motorcycles abducted 136 children from a school in Nigeria, authorities have confirmed.

The pupils, some as young as five, were taken from the Salihu Tanko Islamic School in northern Nigeria by the gunmen, who also killed one person and abducted three teachers, the school’s owner said.

After days of uncertainty over the number of children taken on Sunday, the Niger state government said on Thursday the total was 136.

Parents wait for news on the children in Tegina, Nigeria. Pic AP
Image: Parents wait for news on the children in Tegina, Nigeria. Pic AP

But school owner Umar Idris said the number could still rise because officials have not been able to reach all the parents to confirm whether their children are back home.

“We have sent out a message asking parents who have not yet reported to the school to do so.”

Ashiru Adamu Idrisa’s three daughters were among those taken, the youngest of who is just five years old.

“What I saw was horrifying,” he said.

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“Right in front of my eyes, my children were taken out.”

Parents are reunited with their daughter in Jangabe, Nigeria, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. More than 300 schoolgirls kidnapped last week in an attack on their school in northwest Nigeria have arrived in Jangabe after been freed on Tuesday. The Girls were abducted few days ago from Government Girls Secondary School in Jangabe in Zamfara state (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Image: Parents are reunited with their children in Jangabe, Nigeria on 3 March, one of the many kidnappings this year. Pic AP

Other pre-schoolers were left behind as they could not keep pace when the gunmen moved those abducted into the forest.

“The 11 children were mainly aged between three and four and they lacked the stamina to keep pace with the gunmen, so they were abandoned on the way,” Mr Idris said, adding they were found hours after the attack.

Pupils at the school are aged between three and 14 and parents are concerned that some of the younger victims may be unable to survive in the forest.

Parents have also criticised the government’s response to the attack, and pleaded for the return of their children.

“Honestly, I will say that we don’t have a government, because even before this incident happened you heard people shouting that they were coming, then when it happened, and you go to the police station, no action is taken,” said Rabiu Garkuwa, whose two children were kidnapped.

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Abducted schoolgirls in Jangebe, Nigeria say they were beaten with canes and guns before they were released.

More than 700 students have been kidnapped since December and many schools have been forced to close due to the kidnapping risk.

Earlier this week, 14 students and staff from Greenfield University in Kaduna state were released after spending over a month in captivity.

Their kidnappers demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars and killed five of their captives, compelling the students’ parents to raise the money.

 Sky News

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