October 3, 2019 / 3:56 PM / 2 months ago

Gunmen kidnap six schoolgirls in Nigeria

A sign points towards Engravers College, where gunmen kidnapped six schoolgirls and two staff members in Kaduna, Nigeria October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

KADUNA (Reuters) - Gunmen kidnapped six schoolgirls and two staff members from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Thursday, police said.

Police said the girls and staff were taken in the early morning from a school called Engravers College in a remote area near the village of Kakau Daji in Kaduna state.

It was not immediately clear who had taken them. While the militant Islamist group Boko Haram and a branch of Islamic State are active in northern Nigeria, kidnappings by other armed groups are also rampant — mostly for ransom.

“The command is doing everything possible to secure the release of all the victims unhurt,” a police statement said.

About 100 of the more than 270 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from the town of Chibok in 2014 remain in captivity. Last week, police in the city of Kaduna freed hundreds of men and boys from a purported Islamic school where they had been beaten and abused.

Reporting by Bosun Yakusak and Garba Muhammad in Kaduna; Writing by Libby George; Editing by Giles Elgood

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