3 kidnapped students confirmed dead, 2 with gunshot wounds

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Three have died following a kidnapping 94 students and eight staff in northwest last week, the establishment’s principal said on Sunday.

The army said in a statement had rescued three teachers and eight students so far, killing one the kidnappers.

There has been a series kidnappings for in northern , with a sharp rise in abductions since 2020 as the government struggles to maintain law and order amid a flagging economy.

and a boy were found , with gunshot wounds in their legs, said Mustapha Yusuf, principal of the federal government college in the remote town of Birnin Yauri in northwest ’s state.

The kidnappers “have been taking cover under the students … They are in the bush,” he said, adding that bandits had used students’ phones to call and demand a 60 million ($146,341) . (Text excluding headline VOA)