The Islamist terror group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the abduction of at least 300 pupils from a boys‘ boarding school in north-west Nigeria. In an audio message, a man who calls himself the leader of Boko Haram says that the kidnapping is directed against “unMuslim Western education”.
He did not provide proof of his claim that the action is the work of Boko Haram. The Nigerian authorities have not yet responded to the message.
The boys were abducted from their school building in Kankara on Friday. Some of them managed to escape, but some 320 students are still missing. According to the online newspaper Daily Nigerian, who also brought out the audio message, the victims are twice as many.
“Army has surrounded kidnappers.”
According to the Nigerian authorities, the army is aware of the whereabouts of the boys and the kidnappers are surrounded. It has always been assumed that a criminal gang would have kidnapped the boys, to release them later for a high ransom. Many such gangs are active in north-western Nigeria.
Boko Haram (translated: Western education is banned) kidnapped more than 200 girls from boarding school in Chibok, Northeast Nigeria in 2014. Half of them are justified, dozens of others are captured in captivity on video footage.
Boko Haram’s struggle for a Sharia-based state has cost the lives of 30,000 people in recent years.
Not only in Nigeria, but also in other countries in West Africa, we are increasingly hearing about attacks by jihadist organisations. In the video we explain how this is: