28 Schoolchildren Escape Kidnappers in Nigeria as Search Continues for Hundreds More

In Nigeria, the search continues for nearly 300 abducted schoolchildren in the northwest town of Kagara, Kaduna State. The Governor of Kaduna State has confirmed that at least 28 children have escaped from their captors. The abduction, attributed to the Ansaru group, a breakaway faction of Boko Haram, involved students aged 8 to 15 and a teacher. Efforts to locate the missing children involve the Nigerian Army, police, local vigilante groups, and some parents. The situation has drawn national and international attention, with President Buhari and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling for the children’s release.

  • Nearly 300 schoolchildren were abducted by gunmen from Kagara in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
  • At least 28 of the abducted children have escaped their captors.
  • The Nigerian Army, alongside police and local vigilante groups, is leading a rescue operation.
  • Students aged between 8 and 15, along with a teacher, were taken in the abduction.
  • Ansaru, a breakaway faction of Boko Haram, is blamed for the abductions.
  • A controversial law passed in 2022 criminalizes ransom payments, imposing a potential 15-year jail sentence.
  • Victims’ families are distressed and feel abandoned due to a lack of security.
  • Nigerian President Buhari and US Secretary of State Blinken have condemned the abduction and demanded the children’s release.
  • Little information is available about the 28 children who escaped, as details are withheld to not jeopardize the rescue efforts.
  • The escaped children’s parents are relieved, but conditions for those still missing are concerning due to the remote and dense forest area they may be held in.

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