Hundreds of Students Kidnapped from School in Katsina State in Nigeria

Farrukh Saif

December 15, 2020

On Friday, December 11, gunmen attacked a secondary school in Katsina State. Gunmen raided the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, where about 1,000 students study daily. It was not clear how many students were there at that time, but gunmen are believed to have initially abducted more than 600 students.

Since that night, 200 students have managed to escape and return home. That means more than 400 children are missing from the attack. It is also the largest child abduction in recent history in Nigeria.

It was not clear who was behind the abduction. However those who witnessed the abduction believed that the children were abducted by Fulani militants. Fulani militants are known for the purpose of returning the families of the abducted victims after taking Ransom.

However, the attack is as large as Boko Haram’s abduction of 276 girls from Chibok and 110 from Dapachi. Boko Haram often kidnaps children for ransom and recruits.

According to local sources, it has not yet been determined whether the attack was religious or economic in any way. It seems that the majority of the students were Muslims, as Katsina is one of the 12 states in Nigeria that have Sharia law. However, we pray that all children and their families will be return safely.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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