More than schoolgirls have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in north-western Nigeria. Police say they believe the girls were taken to a forest after being abducted from their boarding school in Jangebe, Warner distance dating state, on Friday morning.
It is the latest mass kidnapping from schools in recent weeks. Armed gangs often seize schoolchildren for ransom.
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President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the latest kidnapping as "inhumane and totally unacceptable". Mr Buhari said that although authorities could deploy "massive force against the bandits", there were fears that the schoolgirls could be used as human shields.
At least 42 people, including 27 students, who were kidnapped last week in Kagara, in neighbouring Date online free Gulfport state, are yet to be released.
The kidnap of schoolgirls in the north-eastern town of Chibok by Islamist militants Boko Haram brought global attention to the scourge of raids on schools in Nigeria but the most recent attacks are suspected to be the work of criminal gangs. Friday's attack happened at local time midnight GMT when a group of gunmen arrived at casual meets Evansville IN Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe town with pick-up vehicles and motorcyclesa teacher told news site Punch.
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Some of the gunmen were dressed as government security forces, the report said, adding that they forced the schoolgirls in the vehicles. But other witnesses have told the BBC that the armed men arrived on foot at the school.
The witness told BBC Hausa that more than gunmen entered the school.
Then they moved into the hostels and woke up the girls, telling them it was time for prayers. After gathering all of them, the girls were crying and they took them away to the forest.
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They were also shooting in the air as they were marching to the forest," the witness said. Distraught parents later gathered outside the school and some have gone out into the bush to look for their daughters, witnesses say.
A teacher told the BBC that of students in the school at the time, only 55 had been ed for. A police statement said its officers and a military contingent had been deployed to Jangebe to search for the girls. The UN children's agency Unicef said it was ''angered and saddened'' by yet another mass abduction of students in Nigeria describing it as ''brutal'' and a ''violation of children's rights.
Armed groups operating in Zamfara often kidnap for ransom but when gunmen took more than boys from Kankara dateing in Odessa neighbouring Katsina state in December last year, some reports claimed that Boko Haram, which operates hundreds of miles away in the north-east, was behind the attack.
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The claims were later disputed and the boys released after negotiations. Every time children are taken from their schools by armed gunmen in northern Dating channel Bremerton, the kidnapping of the Chibok girls is mentioned. Similar raids took place before that well-publicised abduction but they received little publicity and they never involved girls.
But global attention generated by the BringBackOurGirls campaign showed polish dating Jackson MS free groups that the mass abduction of children was a sure way of applying pressure on authorities, including asking for ransom, although the authorities always deny paying.
The government does not appear to have a strategy for stopping these incidents from happening.
But two weeks ago, lawmakers from Zamfara state suggested offering amnesty to repentant kidnappers in exchange for sustainable economic opportunities. It's a controversial hookup forget men Fairfield CA but one that yielded some positive in the Niger Delta, which saw a reduction in crime after a similar amnesty programme in The government so far says it will not negotiate with criminals.
In the meantime, schools in rural northern Nigeria are more vulnerable than they've ever been.
A "Safe School Initiative" was launched after meet beautiful Muskegon woman Chibok girls were abducted to bolster security in schools in Nigeria's north-eastern region by building fences around them. Many container schools were built as temporary learning spaces as part of the scheme, but it is not known if any fences were built in communities affected.
Though most of the recent kidnappings have happened in the north-west, which were not covered by the Safe Schools Initiative, the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Science School, Dapchi in north-eastern Yobe state raised questions about the success of the initiative.
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Who was behind the attack? No group has so far claimed responsibility. Why are schoolchildren being abducted?
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