Nigeria schoolgirls abduction: Several hundred female students were reportedly abducted early Friday morning at a school located in the Nigerian state of Zamfara, in the northwest of the country, by unidentified armed men, according to local media.
According to the information gathered by the newspaper ‘Daily Trust’, the attackers broke into the Government Girls Secondary School, in Jangebe, and kidnapped an undetermined number of pupils, although the media point to about 300 hostages.
A school worker told the newspaper ‘Punch’ on condition of anonymity that the attackers broke into the school’s hostel and kidnapped more than 300 students. A parent and a teacher consulted by the British television network BBC have pointed to the same figure.
A resident of Kawaye village has confirmed that his two daughters are among those abducted. “I am going to Jangebe to see the situation. I have been told that the school was invaded at around 1:00 a.m. (local time),” he said.
The attackers allegedly came to the school after attacking an army checkpoint in the area, according to the PM News Nigeria news portal, although there are no reports of casualties at the moment. The government has not yet commented on the incident.