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Female students in north-west Nigeria abducted by gunmen

Gunmen have abducted an unspecified number of female students from a Nigerian university in north-west Zamfara state.

The students, from the Federal University Gusau, were taken from three hostels in the Sabon Gida community during the early hours of Friday.

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Local reporters informed the BBC that the gunmen opened fire indiscriminately before attacking the students’ hostels. Both the police and university authorities have not provided any comments on the situation.

In 2021, bandits kidnapped over 300 schoolgirls in Zamfara state, but they were eventually released after the government negotiated with the kidnappers.

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Kidnapping has become increasingly prevalent in north-west Nigeria, with armed gangs targeting individuals in villages, on highways, and in farmlands for ransom.

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