Boko Haram Kidnaps Students from School in Nigeria

Boko Haram has announced that they have kidnapped at least 333 students from the all-boys Government Science Secondary School in northwestern Katsina state last Friday.

Boko Haram has announced that they have kidnapped at least 333 students from the all-boys Government Science Secondary School in northwestern Katsina state last Friday.

The attack was initially blamed on bandits operating in the region but the Jihadist group claimed the incident days after it happened.

“I am Abubakar Shekau and our brothers are behind the kidnapping in Katsina,” claimed Shekau in a video posted by the Nigerian news portal HumAngle.

Around 100 Jihadists reportedly rode motorcycles to the school and engaged security forces in a fierce gun battle before taking the students.

“What happened in Katsina was done to promote Islam and discourage non-Islamic practices, as Western education is not the kind of education allowed by Allah and His Holy Prophet,” said Shekau. 

A joint rescue operation was launched last Saturday by Nigerian police, air force, and army but the students have not yet been found.

Katsina Governor Aminu Bello Masari said that the kidnappers had made contact and that negotiations are underway to ensure the safe return of the students.


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