Armed men invade school Nigeria and kidnap hundreds of girls

In Nigeria, armed men have invaded a school. According to local police, they kidnapped 317 students, all girls.

The abduction was in Jangebe, in the northwestern state of Zamfara. Police and army are looking for the girls.

Last week there was also an attack on a group of students in Nigeria, in Kagara. Then a boarding school was attacked by armed men at night. One schoolboy was killed, 27 were abducted; they are still being held.

Boko Haram?

It is unclear who is behind today‘s and last week’s actions, but the Islamic terrorist organisation Boko Haram has attacked schools in Nigeria more frequently.

In December, nearly 400 students were abducted by Boko Haram. They have been released again. In an audio message it was said that the abduction was directed against โ€œunMuslim Western educationโ€.

Anonymous government officials say that the government pays ransom for kidnapped students and that this increases the number of abductions. The Nigerian government denies ransom being paid.