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Kidnapped students regain freedom from gunmen in north-central Nigeria: official

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-02-27 17:44

FILE PHOTO: A student wearing a protective face mask washes her hands, as schools reopen in Nigeria amid the coronavirus-disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Abuja, Nigeria Jan 18, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

LAGOS - Scores of students and school staff abducted by unidentified gunmen about a week ago from a boarding school in Niger state, north-central Nigeria have finally regained freedom, according to a spokesperson of the state governor on Saturday.

Mary Noel-Berje, the spokesperson to the governor of Niger state, confirmed in a statement that "kidnapped students, staff and family members of the Government Science College Kagara have regained freedom and received by the Niger state government".

Noel-Berje said more details will be given later.

A group of gunmen had on February 17 stormed the boarding school at Kagara town of the Rafi local government area of the state, and whisked away 42 people, including 27 students, three school staff and 12 family members of school staff. One student was killed during the attack.

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