Nearly 300 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls released, reunited with families: ‘We thank God’

Mar 4, 2021 by

by Emily Wood, Christian Post:

Nearly 300 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls were safely returned Tuesday after they were kidnapped Friday morning by armed militants.

State authorities said 279 girls were released, which is different from the original reports claiming 317 girls were kidnapped.

After 1 a.m. on Friday, gunmen kidnapped nearly 300 girls from a boarding school in northwest Nigeria following a wave of mass abductions. The kidnapped girls from Government Girls Science School in Jangebe are between 11 and 17 years old.

This abduction is the third mass kidnapping experienced in recent months in northwest Nigeria, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Associated Press and Reuters released a video that showed the hundreds of the freed and barefoot schoolgirls in light blue hijabs waiting at a Zamfara state government building to be released.

After health examinations, the girls were reunited with their families.

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