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Nigerian parents urge more action to get kidnapped children back

At least 136 students were abducted from Tegina’s Salihu Tanko Islamic School in Nigeria’s northcentral Niger State on Sunday, the owner of the school told regional TV

 

Parents have converged on an Islamic school in Nigeria’s Niger state, pleading to authorities to step up efforts to save tens of students kidnapped by gunmen.

 

In the latest school kidnapping to hit northern Nigeria, at least 136 students were seized on Sunday from Salihu Tanko Islamic School in the town of Tegina, according to the owner of the school.

 

A Niger state police spokesperson said the kidnapping was carried out by “armed bandits on board motorcycles in their numbers”. The gunmen fired “indiscriminately and abducted a yet to be ascertained number of children”, he said, adding that the gunmen shot one person dead in the process.

 

Authorities said “tactical teams” have been mobilised to rescue the students, while a fighter jet was also flying over the area to try to spot the kidnappers and the abductees.

 

“We want them (authorities) to do more,” said Mohammed Garba, the father of an abducted student while waiting for news about his child outside the school.

Al Jazeera

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