Nigeria: Unknown Gunmen Abduct 200 Children from Islamic School

Nigeria: Unknown Gunmen Abduct 200 Children from Islamic School


Unidentified terrorists abducted “about 200” children from an Islamic studies school in northern Nigeria on Sunday, Sky News reported.

An unknown number of gunmen on motorcycles stormed the town of Tegina in western Nigeria’s Niger state on May 30, state police spokesman Wasiu Abiodun told reporters. Local authorities “were still trying to ascertain” the exact number of students abducted from Salihu Tanko Islamic School on Sunday, Abiodun said, adding “they believe around 200 children are missing.”

“The bandits reportedly seized the police station in the town and went round the town shooting sporadically into the air to scare residents before breaking into a private school where they abducted children attending Islamic lectures,” Nigeria’s Premium Times reported on May 30.

“[T]he bandits … were able to separate the smaller children from the elderly and strong ones, taking away those in the latter group to an unknown destination,” Nigeria’s This Day

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