Kidnapped Nigerian students escape abductors after two weeks

Eight Nigerian secondary school students who were kidnapped by gunmen in northern Kaduna state two weeks ago have managed to escape from their captors and were found by villagers who alerted security forces on Tuesday, according to Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna commissioner for internal security and home affairs.

The female students were abducted by an armed gang on their way from school along with an unknown number of others on April 4th.

Aruwan stated that the students escaped from a forest between Kaduna and neighbouring state and walked for days before being found by some villagers.

The students were reportedly taken to a military facility in Kaduna for medical attention after their escape.

Armed gangs have been operating mainly in remote parts of northwest and have carried out violent attacks against villagers, schools, and motorists, abducting hundreds for ransom.

The release of the students is a rare occurrence in a country where kidnappings for ransom have become increasingly common.

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