The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney)
Even more schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria
THE United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the immediate release of more than 300 schoolgirls abducted by gunmen in Nigeria.
Security forces are hunting the 317 teenagers who were taken from the village of Jangebe’s Government Girls Secondary School in vehicles and forced to march on foot in the northwest, which has been overrun by armed groups that kill thousands of civilians each year.
“We are angered and saddened by yet another brutal attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria,” Peter Hawkins, UNICEF’s representative in Nigeria, said of the attack in Zamfara state.
The country’s northern region has become increasingly lawless since an insurgency took root more than a decade ago.
Armed gangs that rob and kidnap for ransom have thrown its northwestern states into anarchy. President Buhari, 78, a former general, is facing anger over his inability to stem the crisis that has made the region too dangerous to farm, travel, or mine.
Amnesty International has documented “an alarming escalation in attacks and abductions” since January. Last week there was an overnight attack on a boys’ boarding school in the north. The 42 hostages, including 27 pupils, are still being held.