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Terrorists Kidnap 15 Students, Kill 4 Officials In Northwest Nigeria

Terrorists have invaded the College of Agriculture and Animal Science Bakura, Zamfara State, killed four officials, abducted 15 students and a staff member with his wife and two children.

Terrorists operating in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, have killed four officials of the state’s College of Agriculture and Animal Science Bakura, kidnapped 15 students, and a staff member with his wife.

The incident, HumAngle gathered happened on the night of Sunday, Aug. 15. According to a BBC Hausa report on Monday, Aug. 16, Aliyu Bakura, Registrar of the College, disclosed that the four persons killed include a police officer and three gatekeepers.

“They entered yesterday, on Sunday night around 10:00 p.m, shot sporadically and abducted 15 students and a teacher with his  wife and two children,” Bakura said.

He added that the attackers who scaled the school’s wall were in large numbers and spent two hours operating in the school.

In July, terrorists invaded the staff quarters of the same school and abducted the school provost.  The attack came about one month after terrorists killed 42 people in Muradun, an area not very far away from the school. 

Kidnapping for ransom is now notorious in Nigeria, with schools becoming the biggest target in recent times. Close to 1,000 students were kidnapped between Dec. 2020 and Aug. 2021.

On Sunday, May 30, the terrorists kidnapped 156 students of Salihu Tanko Islamic school in Niger State, North-central Nigeria, barely three months after the infamous mass abduction of the Kagara schoolboys, in the same state. 

On Dec. 19, 2020, a terrorist group abducted more than 80 Islamic school students in Katsina State, Northwest Nigeria. The pupils were later rescued by security forces after a gun battle with the terrorists.

Also, 80 students were abducted from the Federal Government College (FGGC) in Yauri Local Government Area of Kebbi State on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

In October this year, Nigeria is expected to host the 4th International Conference on Safe Schools and it is one of the first African countries to have endorsed the Safe School Declaration.

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Aliyu is an Assistant Editor at HumAngle and Head of the Radicalism and Extremism Desk. He has years of experience researching misinformation and influence operations. He is passionate about analysing jihadism in Africa and has published several articles on the topic. His work has been featured in various local and international publications.

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