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Nigeria: Gunmen Abduct ‘Many’ University Students in Northwest Kaduna

Gunmen have again abducted a number of students from a university in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna. The police spokesperson in the state, Muhammad Jalige, confirmed the abduction saying

Gunmen have again abducted a number of students from a university in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna.

The police spokesperson in the state, Muhammad Jalige, confirmed the abduction saying ‘‘many’’ students were kidnapped from their dormitories.

But he said a headcount was still going on to determine the actual number of students. The victims included male and female students, he added.

The gunmen stormed the Greenfield University on the outskirts of Kaduna city overnight on Tuesday and opened fire.

Kidnappings for ransom by armed criminal gangs have increased in recent months in Nigeria, with more than 800 students abducted since December.

Most of them have been released after negotiations with the gunmen but 29 students kidnapped last month from a forestry college are still in captivity.

Teachers have also been targeted in the attacks.

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