Nigerian police said that some gunmen kidnapped 73 students in a school attack in northwestern Nigeria on Wednesday, September 1, which prompted authorities to shut down primary and secondary schools across Zamfara state.
ABC news reported that the new kidnappings took place after three other groups of captives were freed after paying a large ransom, which sparked hope that the others will be freed by the hostage-takers soon.
Zamfara state police spokesman Mohammed Shehu reported to the Associated Press that the attackers “descended upon the Government Day Secondary School” on Wednesday noon in the village of Kaya, after which the kidnappers started firing into the air before capturing the students.
Shehu said that rescue operations have been commenced to get the hostages back.
The report also said that more than 1,000 students have been abducted in northern Nigeria schools since December. While most of the hostages have been freed, UNICEF lamented the frequent instances of kidnappings and those who have yet to be released and condemned a death that happened while in captivity.
One of the schools’ headteachers told AP that most parents sold most of their belongings to raise ransom funds adding up to more than 30 million nairas, or about $72,900. The Salihu Tanko Islamiya School sold a piece of land intended for an expansion project to help with the ransom.
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