Dec, 21st 2020 – 84 school children who were abducted on Saturday have been rescued by police in Nigeria. The children were seized by gunmen on their way home to Mahuta village, after taking part in a religious ceremony.
They were released following a gun battle between the abductors, security forces and local vigilantes. This incident is the second in the state of Katsina 8 days after hundreds of school children were Kidnapped by Alshabaab.
344 school boys who were kidnapped from their boarding school in Kankara town were released on Friday.
In a statement, katsina state police noted that at least 80 of those abducted were students from an Islamic school called Hizburrahim Islamiyya. They however have not revealed mire information about the attackers identities or their motives. The force, referring to the kidnappers as bandits, said that they stole 12 cows from nearby Danbaure.
Police in Nigeria say they have rescued at least 84 schoolchildren who were abducted on Saturday. According to BBC’s Nduka Orjinmo in Lagos, most kidnapping bandits are done for ransom. In the past, some leaders of bandit groups and attacks on farming communities, have openly met governors and other state authorities to negotiate.
Boko Haram armed group had claimed responsibility for the abduction. None of the boys rescued spoke as they walked from the bus, flanked by soldiers, into a government building.
According to Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris, reporting from Katsina, the boys walked barefoot, some of them limping with blisters on their feet. Ahmed said, “You can see they are virtually exhausted and traumatized following the events of the past seven days.”
He added, “You can see fear, confusion, trauma.”