Gunmen in Nigeria kidnap 35 from university in northwest Zamfara state

Gunmen in Nigeria kidnap 35 from university in northwest Zamfara state
A broken window of a dormitory after gunmen abducted more than 300 students at the Jangebe Government Girls Secondary School, Zamfara State, Nigeria on February 26, 2021. EPA-EFE/STR

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Gunmen in Nigeria kidnapped 35 people from a university in northwest Zamfara state on Friday, the governor's spokesperson said, the first major abduction involving students this year.

Armed gangs have plagued the northwest in recent years, kidnapping for ransom, looting and destroying communities and murdering civilians. Security forces’ attempts to halt their rampage have met with little success.

Mugira Yusuf, spokesperson for the Zamfara state governor, said 24 students, 10 workers and a security guard were seized by armed men in the early hours of Friday from the Federal University of Gusau.

Kidnappings of students, once a notorious tactic by Islamist militants to intimidate the population, have become a money-spinning industry for armed gangs demanding ransom payments.

(Reporting by Ahmed Kingimi; Writing by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Alexander Winning)


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