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Joyful Reunion: 300 Abducted Schoolchildren in Nigeria Regain Freedom

Joyful Reunion: 300 Abducted Schoolchildren in Nigeria Regain Freedom
A classroom at the Kuriga school, where more than 250 pupils were kidnapped by gunmen in March.

In a heartwarming turn of events, nearly 300 schoolchildren who were abducted from their school in the northwestern state of Kaduna, Nigeria, have been released after more than two weeks in captivity.

The children's return marks the end of a harrowing ordeal that began when motorcycle-riding gunmen invaded the Kuriga school on March 7 and marched the children into the forests.

The abduction of the 287 students from the LEA Primary and Secondary School Kuriga sent shockwaves through the nation and drew international condemnation.

At least 100 of the abducted children were aged 12 or younger, highlighting the vulnerability of the victims.

The Nigerian Army announced the rescue of the children in Zamfara state, over 200 kilometers away from their school. Major General Edward Buba, the Nigerian Army spokesman, stated that efforts would continue until all hostages are found and the terrorists are brought to justice.

Under increasing pressure to address the mass kidnappings in northern Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu assured the nation that his administration is deploying detailed strategies to ensure the safety of schools and the swift release of abductees.

T​he release of the children has been met with immense relief and joy by their families and the community at large.

Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna state expressed his gratitude to the security forces and officials involved in securing the children's freedom.

​This incident is part of a disturbing trend of school abductions in Nigeria, which has seen at least 1,400 students kidnapped since 2014.

The kidnappings are often attributed to bandit groups known for targeting villagers and travelers for ransom.

The safe return of the abducted schoolchildren is a beacon of hope amidst the ongoing crisis of kidnappings in Nigeria.

It underscores the urgent need for enhanced security measures and a collective effort to protect the nation's children and educational institutions from such threats.