President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday sent troops to rescue more than 250 pupils kidnapped by gunmen from a school in Kaduna
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Tinubu sends troops to rescue over 250 kidnapped students in Kaduna

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday sent troops to rescue more than 250 pupils kidnapped by gunmen from a school in KadunaPresident Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday sent troops to rescue more than 250 students kidnapped by gunmen from a school in Kaduna.

The kidnap incident is one of the largest mass abductions in the country in three years, and the second mass kidnapping in a week where heavily armed men on motorbikes target victims in villages and schools and along highways in the hunt for ransom payments.

Local government officials in Kaduna State confirmed the kidnapping attack on Kuriga school on Thursday, but they have still not given figures as they said they were still working out how many children had been abducted.

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At least one person was shot dead during the attack, residents said.

Sani Abdullahi, a teacher at the GSS Kuriga school in Chikun district, said staff managed to escape with many students when the bandits attacked early Thursday firing in the air.

He told local officials that 187 pupils had been snatched from the main junior school along with another 100 from the primary classes. Three residents also said between 200 and 280 children and teachers had been snatched.

“Early in the morning, we heard gunshots from bandits, [and] before we knew it they had gathered up the children,” a resident Musa Mohammed told AFP.

“We are pleading to the government, all of us are pleading, they should please help us with security.”

The Kaduna abduction and the mass kidnapping a week ago from camps for people displaced by jihadists in northeast Borno state illustrate the challenge facing Tinubu who promised to make Nigeria safer and bring in more foreign investment.

“I have received briefings from security chiefs on the two incidents, and I am confident that the victims will be rescued,” Tinubu said in a statement ordering armed forces to track down the kidnappers.

“Nothing else is acceptable to me and the waiting family members of these abducted citizens. Justice will be decisively administered.”

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The two mass kidnappings also came almost ten years after Boko Haram jihadists triggered a huge international outcry in April 2014 by kidnapping more than 250 schoolgirls from Chibok in Borno state.

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