According to state television, the students kidnapped by the Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria have been released again. A video had previously surfaced allegedly showing some teenagers.

According to a report on state television, the students kidnapped by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria have been released. However, according to the Thursday night report, it was initially unclear whether all kidnapped students had been released. While the government spoke of 333 kidnapped schoolchildren, media reports believe the number has nearly doubled.

You were kidnapped last Friday by the extremists from Kankara High School in the northern Katsina region. In an audio message, the group justified the act with an Islamophobic Western education of the children.

Video should show students

In a video circulating on Nigeria’s social media on Thursday, frightened, dust-covered boys are seen in front of a wooded area. The boys describe themselves as students of the attacked Kankara School. A man with an assault rifle can be seen in the background of the largely blurry video, which has not been officially confirmed by authorities. In front of the camera, an older boy asks for a peaceful settlement with the kidnappers. “Please send back any troops that come to help,” he begs in a choked voice.

Boko Haram has repeatedly carried out similar attacks. In April 2014, she kidnapped 276 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State. Many are still missing. Hundreds of teachers, school children and students have been killed or injured since 2012, according to human rights organization Amnesty International. Many kidnapped boys would be forced to work as child soldiers.

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