The frustrated crowd of parents of previously kidnapped Nigerian students threw stones at the official convoy, and security forces opened fire. A spokesman for Zamfara’s state government in the northwest of the country said there had been “an unfortunate case of civil disobedience.” The girls were released on Wednesday.
The Associated Press reports that the convoy was attacked by parents, possibly irritated by both the series of kidnappings and insecurity, as well as the prolonged wait for the girls found. The agency writes, citing local media, that one person was killed and two injured in the riots.
According to AFP, security forces shot at least one person.
Tear gas, shots in the air
One witness told Reuters that police used tear gas to disperse protesters outside the school where the girls were driven, and that soldiers fired into the air as impatient parents burst into the building to take the children home.
“An Unfortunate Case of Civil Disobedience”
The authorities of the state of Zamfara in the northwest of Nigeria, where Jangebe is located, have extended the curfew following the Wednesday incident after the girls were abducted from the school boarding house. A spokesman for the state government of Tunau Anka said there had been “an unfortunate case of civil disobedience”.
279 girls abducted, aged 10 to 16, they did not return to their families until Wednesday because they had been subjected to a medical examination.
Attack on school
The attack on the school took place on Friday, a week after the governor announced an amnesty for bandits accused of a series of kidnappings and attacks on local villages.
In recent months, there have been a series of kidnappings by armed gangs what the local population simply calls “bandits”.
In mid-February, 27 students were abducted from a boarding school in Niger and released on Saturday. In December, more than 300 boys from a school in Kankara, Katsina state, were kidnapped. Kidnappings for ransom are increasingly being carried out by gangs that took over this tactic from the jihadists marauding northern Nigeria.
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