In Nigeria, a group of 53 hostages, including 20 women and nine children, kidnapped near the village of Kundu, were released by their captors on Sunday. No details were provided by the authorities, who say they do not pay ransoms to groups of bandits.
The group of 53 hostages recently kidnapped in central Nigeria was released on Sunday by their captors, while we have no news of the 42 people kidnapped last Wednesday from a high school in Kagara, in the same region. “We had a week of dialogue, consultations, hard work and sleepless nights because we had to get their release as soon as possible”, declared the governor of the State of Niger, Abubakar Sani Bello.
If the 53 hostages were able to find their families after passing a medical examination, the 42 people, including 27 students, kidnapped in the Kagara high school, are still missing. “The students of the Kagara scientific school are still in captivity and we are doing everything to release them as quickly as possible”, added Abubakar Sani Bello.
In central and north-western Nigeria, bandits are increasing kidnappings for ransoms and cattle theft. Motivated by greed, these criminal gangs have also forged links with jihadist groups. In addition to kidnapping high school students from Kagara, gunmen killed at least ten people in Niger state last week.
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