Boko Haram claims kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian students

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article

The Boko Haram group has claimed responsibility for the abduction of hundreds of school students in northwest Nigeria, the AFP news agency reported.

READ | Nigeria steps up rescue efforts for abducted students

More than 300 students are missing after gunmen on motorcycles stormed the Government Science School in Kankara late on Friday and engaged security forces in a fierce gun battle, forcing hundreds of students to flee and hide in surrounding bushes and forest.

"I am Abubakar Shekau and our brothers are behind the kidnapping in Katsina," said the leader of the group behind the 2014 abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Chibok, in a voice message on Tuesday.

A joint rescue operation was launched on Saturday by Nigeria's police, air force and army, according to the government.

On Sunday, parents and family members gathered at the school, issuing a plea to authorities to bring the missing boys to safety.

"If it's not government that will help us, we have no power to rescue our children," Murja Mohammed, whose son was taken, told the Reuters news agency.

Did you know you can comment on this article? Subscribe to News24 and add your voice to the conversation.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When a Covid-19 vaccine for under 16's becomes available, will you be taking your children to get it?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, immediately!
37% - 2363 votes
I'll wait to see how others respond
26% - 1704 votes
No, I don't think they need it
37% - 2364 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.11
(-0.78)
ZAR/GBP
21.06
(-0.15)
ZAR/EUR
18.24
(+0.04)
ZAR/AUD
11.64
(+1.40)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(-0.47)
Gold
1730.88
(-2.23)
Silver
26.59
(-3.23)
Platinum
1191.50
(-2.13)
Brent Crude
66.03
(-0.11)
Palladium
2321.00
(-3.07)
All Share
66138.05
(-1.99)
Top 40
60754.30
(-2.11)
Financial 15
12200.05
(-1.09)
Industrial 25
86144.34
(-0.81)
Resource 10
67459.85
(-4.14)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo