It is not yet known whether the attack was orchestrated by the jihadist group Boko Haram, which has already held hundreds of students hostage, or by criminals who act in exchange for money.
More than 40 people were kidnapped by a group of armed men who broke into a school in Kagara, Nigeria, this Wednesday, 17. Among the hostages would be students, parents and teachers who were unable to escape from the criminals, who wore clothes similar to those of soldiers. According to the Associated Press news agency, a student was reportedly shot while trying to escape. The governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, closed the schools and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to strengthen security in the region, but there is still no information on where the hostages were taken or the motivation for the crime.
In recent months, Nigeria has experienced a series of armed school kidnappings. Some were orchestrated by the group jihadista Boko Haram, which opposes schools that adopt the Western teaching model. Two months ago, this terrorist organization kidnapped 344 teenagers from a Katsina state boarding school, who were eventually released after a negotiation with the government. However, some kidnappings are also committed by criminal organizations that have nothing to do with Islamic radicalism and do so only in exchange for money.