Thirty students freed after seven months in captivity
Thirty more students have been released from captivity seven months after their abduction from Nigeria’s Federal Government College in Kebbi state.
“This is the third batch of Kebbi students freed since their abduction seven months ago, the previous group of 30 brought home in October,” wrote the Washington Post.
“Local authorities and freed hostages have told The Associated Press that the students are often freed in batches and not all at once because each release comes with fresh ransoms.”
Roughly 100 gunmen attacked the college back in June, killing a police officer and injuring two students. One student was also killed days later during an attempted rescue mission.
The Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, whose name loosely means “Western education is forbidden,” established the pattern of kidnapping school children in Nigeria for ransom in 2014 when the group abducted 276 mostly Christian girls from a school in Chibok.