Nigeria secures release of kidnapped mother and 100 children


Officials in northwestern Nigeria have said they have released 100 women and children (mainly breastfeeding mothers) seized by bandits.

The group was kidnapped in Zamfara on June 8. Four people were killed during the incident.

The Zamfara state government said it was released without paying the ransom, but did not provide further details.

The group will be examined and reported before returning home.

Over the last few months, there have been a series of kidnappings in the area.

Since December 2020, more than 1,000 people have been abducted. Most were reportedly released later after the ransom was paid, but some were killed.

Authorities have accused the case of being a loose term for bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, cattle thieves, and other armed militias operating in the region, primarily monetarily motivated.

Since the publicly announced abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok Middle School by Boko Haram Islamic extremists in Borno in 2014, more armed groups have resorted to mass abduction of students.

President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed the military to expel Zamfara and neighboring Kaduna and Katsina criminals.

Earlier this week, during a raid on a criminal organization, Nigerian Air Force plane shot down It is located on the border between Zamfara and Kaduna. The pilot jumped out of the plane and survived the attack by escaping safely.

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