FACTBOX | The violence and insecurity affecting Nigeria

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A man reacts as he reunites with his son who was among those who were kidnapped upon their release in Katsina.
A man reacts as he reunites with his son who was among those who were kidnapped upon their release in Katsina.
Kola Sulaimon, AFP

Gunmen have abducted schoolgirls in northwest Nigeria's Zamfara state, a state spokesperson said on Friday.

The incident is the second such kidnapping in just over a week and the third since December in Nigeria's north, where a surge in armed militancy has led to a widespread breakdown of security.

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