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Around 100 Abducted Nigeria Women and Children Found

Local gunmen named “bandits” abducted women and children in June

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A group of schoolboys are escorted by Nigerian military and official on Friday Dec. 18, 2020 in Katsina, Nigeria following their release after they were kidnapped earlier this week. More than 300 schoolboys kidnapped last week in an attack on their school in northwest Nigeria have arrived in the capital of Katsina state to celebrate their release. The boys were abducted one week ago from the all-boys Government Science Secondary School in Kankara in Katsina state village. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
By Briasia Russ

WARNING: This story contains details of kidnappings. 

100 women and children that were kidnapped in June have been found. A group of local gunmen named “bandits” abducted the women and children. According to CNN, the victims were forced into captivity on June 8th by armed men. Mohammed Shehu, Zamfara police spokesman, said that victims were released Monday after being held for six weeks.  

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“The released victims who were in custody of their abductors for 42 days have been released without giving any financial or material gain [to the bandits],” the police official said in a statement. “They will be medically checked and debriefed before [being] reunited with their respective families.”  

As reported by CNN, mass kidnappings have been an ongoing issue for Zamfara and other neighboring northwestern states.  Hundreds of schoolchildren have been kidnapped by ransom-seeking criminal gangs.  

There are many children who are still being kept captive by their kidnappers until the ransom is paid. To prevent these kidnapping raids, schools in northern Nigeria have temporarily closed.