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Three students kidnapped in Nigeria shot dead: official

ABUJA, April 23, 2021 (BSS/AFP) – Three of the students kidnapped
by gunmen in northern Nigeria earlier this week have been shot dead, a
local official said Friday.

Criminals, known locally as bandits, attacked the private Greenfield
University in Kaduna state on Tuesday evening, in the fifth known
kidnapping assault on a school or college in the country since
December.

“The armed bandits who kidnapped students of Greenfield University,
have shot dead three of the abducted students,” Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna
state’s internal security and home affairs commissioner, said in a
statement.

He said their remains had been found Friday close to the university.

Two university officials told AFP that 20 students along with three
non-academic staff were kidnapped but officials could not confirm
those numbers.

Bandits have ramped up kidnapping attacks in recent months, hoping
to squeeze ransom payments out of the authorities.

Local authorities have said they would not pay any ransom.

Recent mass kidnappings have prompted six northern states to shut
public schools to prevent further attacks.

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