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28 June 2017 17:45 (South Africa)

Gunmen seize 15 schoolchildren in Nigeria

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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