Bandits again caused panic after they kidnapped 300 Zamfara schoolgirls in the early hours of today.
The said incidence happened in Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara state.
It was the fourth such major kidnapping in Northwest Nigeria by terrorists, beginning with the abduction last December of more than 300 students from the Katsina state government college in Kankara.
The latest kidnap in the girls school in Jangebe, in Talatu Mafara LGA, happened around 2 a.m today.
The gunmen stormed the school and herded the children away. Read this; Beneficiaries of banditry in Nigeria.
Scores of the terrorists were said to have overrun a military checkpoint close to the school before storming the school itself.
Several soldiers were said to have sustained injuries.
If any casualties occurred was not known. Vigilantes are now on the heels of the abductors to save the schoolgirls, P.M.News sources said.
Zailani Bappah, Special assistant to Governor Bello Matawalle on public enlightenment confirmed the kidnap to BBC Pidgin.
“More than 300 girls are unaccounted for after a head count of remaining students,” Sadi Kawaye, a teacher said.
Police have not yet spoken on the incident
Niger state has also experienced two of such kidnapping by terrorists this month.
On 14 February, 53 passengers of a bus coming from Kontagora to Minna were kidnapped, after the terrorists ambushed the bus.
The passengers, including children were freed following ransom payment.
On 17 February, 27 students and 15 others were also kidnapped in Kagara.
The captives are yet to be released.
And from the statement by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, the terrorists are demanding ransom before releasing their victims.
The first kidnap of schoolgirls occurred in Chibok, Borno state on 14-15 April, 2014.
Five girls also died during the abduction.
But one of their captives, Leah Sharibu, a Christian has not been released.
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