Shots Fired During Ceremony to Reunite Kidnapped Nigerian Students With Their Families

The government-planned ceremony to reunite kidnapped schoolgirls with their families took a sour turn as armed forces opened fire on attendees.

The shots were reportedly fired after parents, frustrated at the length of the ceremony, began to throw stones at government officials.

The parents became agitated at the length of the ceremony because they wanted to get home before dark as the roads are unsafe, a mother told local reporters.

The 279 schoolgirls, who were taken from a school in Jangebe, Zamfara state by armed men, had been released on Tuesday but remained in the custody of the government in order to receive medical treatment in Gusau.

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