Kidnappers of Nigerian schoolgirls ‘demand ransom’

The kidnappers behind the abduction of six female secondary school students and two members of staff in Kaduna state in the north of Nigeria have demanded a ransom, the state governor is quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.

The kidnappings happened before dawn on Thursday at the Engravers College – a boarding school near Kakau Daji village south of Kaduna city.

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“They have made a demand for money and that is being negotiated,” Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai said, AFP reports.

Whilst Islamist militants have kidnapped students before in other areas of northern Nigeria – dozens of whom are still missing – correspondents have said this attack is more likely to have been carried out by a kidnapping gang in search of a ransom.

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AFP has also spoken to the mother of one of the students who was abducted.

“My daughter called me early Friday morning on a phone number I didn’t know,” she is quoted as saying.

“She was crying and sounded frightened.”

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