Gunmen seize 15 schoolchildren in Nigeria

By Andy Rice 28 September 2010

Gunmen hijacked a schoolbus and kidnapped 15 schoolchildren in Nigeria's Abia state on Monday, according to an AFP report. The children attended an international private school, and are believed to come from wealthy families. Police say that the gunmen had contacted the owner of the school and demanded 20 million naira ($128,900) for the release of the children, who are believed to be between the ages of three and 10. The kidnapping happened on the edge of the Niger delta region, where gunmen have kidnapped international oil workers and wealthy Nigerian family members for ransom money over the last months. Read more: AFP, BBC News