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.
“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.