A school dormitory is deserted after bandits invaded and took more than 300 female students in Jangede, Zamfara State, northwestern Nigeria, Feb. 26, 2021.
Nigeria (Nigeria) northwest Zamfara State, a school teacher said on February 26, suspected armed bandits in the early morning attack on the school dormitory, more than 300 female students are unaccounted for. Zamfara police and military have launched a joint search and rescue operation, it is not yet known whether there are casualties.
Comprehensive foreign media reports, local Time around 1:00 a.m., Zamfara State (Zamfara), a public girls’ school teachers unnamed revealed: “After counting the number of students left, there are more than 300 girls unaccounted for.”
Police later counted and confirmed that 317 schoolgirls had been kidnapped by a group of unidentified gunmen.
Local residents said the gunmen also attacked nearby military barracks, checkpoints in case soldiers intervened in their kidnapping operation.
State officials said that in addition to police forces, they are also working with civilian armed groups to rescue the kidnapped schoolgirls and will report further information as soon as it becomes available.
A man stands in an abandoned school dormitory after bandits invaded and took more than 300 schoolgirls in Jangede, Zamfara state, northwestern Nigeria, Feb. 26, 2021.
School uniforms are displayed in an abandoned school dormitory after bandits invaded and took away more than 300 schoolgirls in Jangede, Zamfara state, northwest Nigeria, Feb. 26, 2021.
Parents arrive at the campus to look for their children after bandits invaded and took away more than 300 schoolgirls in Jangede, Zamfara state, northwestern Nigeria, Feb. 26, 2021.
It was the second similar kidnapping in the area in just over a week. Last week, a group of bandits attacked a school in Niger State and abducted 42 people.
Criminal groups, heavily armed in northwestern and central Nigeria, have stepped up attacks in recent years, committing kidnappings for ransom, rape and looting.