UN chief condemns attack on Nigerian school, abduction of boys

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People inside the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Nigeria, Saturday Dec. 12, 2020. Kidnappers have released the remaining 29 students they were holding captive after abducting them in March from a forestry college in Nigeria's Kaduna state the head of the parents' association told Reuters. Photo/Abdullatif Yusuf/AP
People inside the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Nigeria, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Nigerian police say that hundreds of students are missing after gunmen attacked the secondary school in the country’s northwestern Katsina state. Katsina State police spokesman Gambo Isah said in a statement that the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara was attacked Friday night by a large group of bandits who shot with AK-47 rifles. (AP Photo/Abdullatif Yusuf)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned Friday’s attack on a secondary school in Nigeria’s Katsina State and the reported abduction of hundreds of boys by suspected armed bandits, said his spokesman on Sunday.

The secretary-general called for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted children and for their safe return to their families, said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, in a statement.

Guterres reiterated that attacks on schools and other educational facilities constitute a grave violation of human rights. He urged the Nigerian authorities to bring those responsible for this act to justice, said the statement.

The secretary-general reaffirmed the solidarity and support of the United Nations to the government and people of Nigeria in their fight against terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime.

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