Nigerian Authorities Intensify Search for Over 280 Abducted School Pupils Amid Resurgence of Mass Kidnappings

Nigerian officials are actively searching for over 280 school pupils after a mass abduction in the town of Kagara in the northwestern region of Nigeria. The abduction occurred during morning assembly when gunmen on motorbikes stormed the compound, which houses both a primary and secondary school. The assailants herded the children, aged 8 to 15, into a nearby forest. Some pupils and teachers managed to escape, but a community member and a pupil were killed during the pursuit. The incident marks a worrying resurgence in mass kidnappings in Nigeria as the 10-year anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirl abduction approaches.

  • Over 280 school students were abducted from the northwestern town of Kagara.
  • Gunmen invaded the school compound during the morning assembly.
  • The assailants separated the children from two schools, a primary and a secondary, and took them into a forest.
  • Some pupils and teachers escaped, but one community member who pursued the kidnappers was killed, along with a teenage pupil.
  • Nigerian officials are utilizing local militias and vigilante groups to search for the abducted children.
  • The area is dominated by a splinter group of Boko Haram known as Ansaru.
  • This incident coincides with a rise in mass kidnappings as the 10-year anniversary of the Chibok abduction nears.
  • In a separate incident earlier in the week, Boko Haram fighters kidnapped over 200 people, mostly women and children, from a camp in Gambaru.

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