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Breaking: Thirty-Two More Kidnapped Baptist Students Regain Freedom.

By ABAH ADAH, Abuja

Another set of Thirty-Two (32) abducted Baptist students, who have been in captivity, have been freed by their abductors.

According to an online media report sighted by The SUMMIT, Chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), Joseph Hayab confirmed the release of thirty two Baptist students in a telephone chat Friday evening.

“32 of the students have been released this evening, remaining 31 with the bandits,” the CAN chair said.

About 140 students at Bethel Baptist High School in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna were captured one early Monday morning at the dawn of July in what Nigerian church leaders call the worst kidnapping of Christians to date.

Shooting sporadically, armed assailants breached the walls of the School on the outskirts of the state capital, Kaduna, at about 2 a.m. on July 5 and took students in the school hostel away at gunpoint, according reports.

A Bethel teacher told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that 140 students were kidnapped while 25 students escaped, but area residents living close to the school told MSN that 179 children were abducted of which only 15 escaped.

Established by Bethel Baptist Church in Kaduna, the boarding school was attacked after kidnappers overcame security personnel, sources said..

However, since then a number of the students have been release while others escaped, the latest being the release of 15 of the students on the night of Saturday, 21 after about 48 days in captivity.

What is not so clear is whether the students were released upon payment of demanded ransome or they freely released as an afterthought by their kidnapers.

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