Hundreds of schoolgirls (more than 300) were abducted in the early hours of Friday in Nigeria. It happened again. The abduction is the second in a little over a week in Nigeria’s northwest. Armed men raided a state-run school in Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria, in the town of Jangebe. A police officer was killed in the attack. “They came on about 20 motorcycles and they marched the abducted girls into the forest,” a source said. Some students managed to flee and return to their hostels. It was no claim of responsibility. Parents and relatives gathered at the school’s campus waiting for news.The rescue operation had been launched. In a statement released on social media Friday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said the abduction was “inhumane and totally unacceptable.” “We have the capacity to deploy massive force against the bandits in the villages where they operate, but our limitation is the fear of heavy casualties of innocent villagers and hostages who might be used as human shields by the bandits,” he added.
Amnesty International said the incident is like a “war crime.” Abductions for ransom have become a lucrative industry in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. The number of children out of school in the country has risen to more than 10.5 million, the highest in the world , according to the United Nations, due insecurity across the country.