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Bandits Free 100 Islamiyya Students Three Months After Abduction

Gunmen have freed around 100 pupils kidnapped from an Islamic seminary in Niger State nearly three months ago, the school’s headteacher said on Thursday.

The headteacher, Abubakar Alhassan, did not, however, say if any ransom was paid.

He did not give any details about how the pupils were released.

Heavily armed criminals snatched 136 pupils from the seminary in Tegina on May 30. Six of them died in captivity and another 15 escaped in June.

The Northwest and central parts of the country have seen a surge in attacks, looting and mass abductions by bandits. But the bandits this year began targeting schoolchildren and students, demanding more ransom.

Gunmen who kidnapped more than 100 students from a Baptist high school in Kaduna State released 15 more of those hostages after collecting ransom, a representative of the families said on Sunday.

Around 1,000 students have been kidnapped since December after gunmen started to hit schools. Most have been released after negotiations, but scores are still being held in forest camps.

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