Nigeria’s spate of abductions worsened on Saturday as more than a dozen students and four women were kidnapped from a school in Gada, Sokoto.

Local MP Bashir Usman Gorau said that 15 students were among those kidnapped early in the morning.

Meanwhile, the army is still searching for hundreds of schoolchildren taken in the western town of Kuriga on Thursday.

In an update, the state governor said that at least 28 of these children had escaped.

Thursday’s kidnapping – which saw 280 students taken – was the biggest mass abduction from a school since 2021.

According to the BBC, gangs of armed men on motorbikes took primary and secondary school children between the ages of eight and 15.

Nigerian troops are working with police and local search teams to comb forests within the state of Kaduna, where Kuriga is located, as well as neighbouring states.

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