KANO : Captors free another 28 Nigerian students. Gunmen who seized 121 students at a high school in northwestern Nigeria in early July have released another 28 teenagers, a school official told AFP.

The attackers stormed Bethel Baptist High School in northwestern Kaduna state on July 5, abducting students who were sleeping in their dorms.

The kidnapping was the latest by heavily-armed gangs, known locally as bandits, who have long plagued northwest and central Nigeria by looting, stealing cattle and abducting for ransom, but have lately targeted schools and colleges.

Joseph Hayab, one of the senior officials at Bethel Baptist High School, told AFP 28 students had been released and were reunited with their parents.

''The bandits released them yesterday [Saturday] and we were able to send out church buses to go where the captors dropped them to pick them up,'' he said.

Kaduna state police were not immediately available for comment when contacted by AFP.

Hayab said 34 children were now free, while 87 were still being held. [AFP]


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