At least 17 students kidnapped by the Boko Haram terror group from a school in northwestern Nigeria were rescued Tuesday, said an official.
Boko Haram on Tuesday claimed responsibility for abducting over 300 students in the northwestern state of Katsina. Although at least one media outlet says up to 600 students were taken from the Government Science Secondary School.
Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari quickly ordered that a rescue operation be carried out.
More than students from the Government Science Secondary School remain missing.
Nigerian officials had initially suspected other bandits for the kidnappings, but some experts said the attack resembled a Boko Haram operation.
In response, the national union of Nigerian teachers on Tuesday threatened to down tools over recent attacks on schools.
Such incidents “are sad reminders of previous ugly events in Chibok and Dapchi, where Boko Haram terrorists had attacked and abducted students, creating a monumental disruption of school activities and impeding our nation’s educational growth and advancement while subjecting family members and relatives to unimaginable trauma,” the union said in a statement.
Boko Haram is widely known for kidnapping almost 300 girls from a school in the northeastern town of Chibok in 2014. Many of them are still missing.