Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist rebels have claimed responsibility for the abduction of hundreds of students in one of the largest attacks in years on a boys’ school in northern Katsina state.
More than 300 students are still missing from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara after gunmen with assault rifles attacked their school last Friday night. The government and the attackers are negotiating over the fate of the boys, according to Nigerian presidential spokesman Garba Shehu.
“The kidnappers had made contact and discussions were already on, pertaining to the safety and return” of the children to their homes, said Mr Shehu on Twitter. He gave no information about the identity of the abductors.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed that his group abducted the boys because Western education is against the tenets of Islam.