Gunmen in Nigeria free school hostages

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This picture taken on October 4, 2019 shows a placard of the Engravers’ College where six female students and two staff members were kidnapped by gunmen on October 3, near the village of Kakau Daji, some 20 kms from the capital Kaduna, northern Nigeria. (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Gunmen who kidnapped six female pupils, two staff of the Engravers College in Kakau Daji area, northern Nigeria’s Kaduna state have released the hostages, a local official confirmed Saturday.

This is coming 23 days after their abduction by heavily armed men suspected to be kidnappers.

The pupils and the two staff were released after the payment of 13.6 million naira (37,621 U.S. dollars) ransom by the parents, the official, who pleaded not to be mentioned told Xinhua.

“They were released after the payment of an additional 10 million naira which was taken to the kidnappers yesterday (Friday). You know the parents earlier raised 3.6 million naira as ransom and the kidnappers said it was small. This brings the total amount paid as ransom to 13.6 million naira,” a source said.

The source added the pupils and their teachers kidnapped on Thursday, October 3rd, were released by their abductors on Saturday morning.

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