Armed men abduct Nigerian schoolgirls

Mar 03, 2016, 3:12 AM EST
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Nigerian police are hunting for three teenage girls abducted from their boarding school on the outskirts of Lagos city by heavily armed men.

The BBC reports:

Kidnappings for ransom occasionally occur in Nigeria's commercial capital, but this is the first time a school in the city has been attacked by gunmen. The girls were taken from a private co-educational secondary school on Monday evening. A BBC reporter in Lagos says the abductors have yet to issue demands. In most kidnapping cases in southern Nigeria, hostages are released unharmed after a ransom has been paid, reports the BBC's Umar Shehu Elleman from Lagos. It is nearly two years since more than 200 girls were kidnapped from a boarding school in the north-eastern town of Chibok by militant fighters behind the Islamist insurgency in that region.

Sahara Reporters writes:

Some panic-stricken parents hurriedly took their children away from the school on Tuesday. Many of the parents blamed the school authorities for not providing adequate security within the boarding area. An angry parent, who refused to give her name, said she would not allow her daughter to sleep in the school’s hostel on Tuesday. Another parent said the authorities concentrated security arrangements at the entrance to the school while there was none within the hostel area. She said, “I am not going to accept any excuses from the school authorities on this abduction. We should do the right thing. They are supposed to have ensured adequate security in the hostel area of the school. The fence is too low and anybody can enter the school freely.”