Nigerian state closes boarding schools after students’ abduction

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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
fILE: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)

Nigerian authorities on Friday ordered the closure of all boarding schools in the northwestern state of Zamfara after the abduction of 317 students by gunmen in the state.

Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, said in a broadcast that the move was to prevent activities of militants against students.

Nigerian police confirmed that 317 students were abducted from a girls’ secondary school in Zamfara early Friday.

“I want to assure the parents of the victims that we are doing everything possible to rescue the victims and reunite them with their families,” Matawalle said

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