317 girls kidnapped from boarding school in Nigeria; parents praying for ‘divine intervention’

Feb 28, 2021 by

by Emily Wood, Christian Post:

Armed militants kidnapped 317 girls from a boarding school early Friday morning in northwest Nigeria following a wave of mass abductions in Africa’s most populous nation.

Nasiru Abdullahi told The Associated Press his daughters, ages 10 and 13, are among the 300 girls abducted from the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe.

“It is disappointing that even though the military have a strong presence near the school they were unable to protect the girls,” Abdullahi told the AP. “At this stage, we are only hoping on divine intervention.”

The AP reports that Musa Mustapha, a local resident, said gunmen attacked a nearby military camp and checkpoint to prevent soldiers from defending the school during the hourslong raid.

The attack began after 1 a.m. as the militants forced some girls into vehicles while others led by foot into the Rugu forest, which spans hundreds of miles across three states, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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