Boko Haram in charge of kidnapping Nigerian students

TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (MNA) – Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the abduction of over three hundreds of schoolboys in the northwestern state of Katsina.

An audio message from a man identifying himself as the leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram has claimed that the armed group was responsible for the abduction of hundreds of students from an all-boys school in the northwestern state of Katsina, Al-Jazeera reported.

The number of missing students remains unclear. Military spokesman General John Enenche told Channels TV on Monday that 333 pupils were unaccounted for after heavily armed gunmen raided the all-boys Government Science Secondary School in the town of Kankara.

“I am Abubakar Shekau and our brothers are behind the kidnapping in Katsina,” said the man in Tuesday’s voice message.

Boko Haram has for years waged a violent armed campaign in the northeast of the country and neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

In 2014, Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language, abducted hundreds of schoolgirls in the town of Chibok.

The man in the audio message offered no proof for the claim. No video footage was released of the missing boys. There was no immediate comment by Nigerian authorities.

MNA/PR

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