Dec, 18th 2020 – Hundreds of schoolboys kidnapped last week from a boarding school in north-western Nigeria have been released. A spokesman for the governor of Katsina state said that 344 of them had been freed and were all in a good condition.
The spokesman, Abdul Labran, in a statement said that the boys were being taken to the regional capital Katsina City and would be reunited with their families.
Earlier, the attack was claimed by the Islamist group Boko Haram which released a video showing some of the boys. Labran however said that the boys were not kidnapped by Boko Haram but rather by bandits masquerading as the Islamist terrorist group.
He also added that the clip released was authentic but a message apparently from the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau was by an impersonator.
Mr. Labran said that none of the boys were killed by the kidnappers contracting a boy shown in the video who said that some had been killed by Nigerian fighter jets.
According to a security source, some of the boys remain in the hands of their captors. According to Reuters news agency, the state Governor Aminu Bello Masari said, “we have recovered most of the boys. It’s not all of them.“
It is unclear how the boys got released from the hands of their captors