Gunmen free abducted students in Nigeria: Report

TEHRAN, Aug. 27 (MNA) – Gunmen have released students abducted three months ago from a school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger, two parents of students stated on Friday.

Around 136 school children were taken from the school in Tegina town in May but on Monday the school's owner said that six had died of illness, Reuters reported.

The releases were confirmed by an official who asked not to be named because the government planned to issue a statement once they have the children, Reuters news agency reported.

One parent, Mallam Saidu Tegina, said by phone the students have been released. He did not confirm how many students were released.

Armed groups carrying out kidnapping for ransom are blamed for a series of raids on schools in northern Nigeria in recent months, abducting more than 1,000 students since December.

Abubakar Garba Alhasan, whose seven children are held by the gang, said the students were on their way to the capital city in Minna. "They are released now," he said.

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