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The Boko Haram extremist group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s abduction of hundreds of boys from a school in Katsina State last week in one of the largest such attacks in years, raising fears of a growing wave of violence in the north.
More than 330 students remain missing from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara after armed bandits with rifles attacked their school although scores of others managed to escape.
Garba Shehu, Spokesman to President Buhari has said the government and the attackers are negotiating the fate of the boys and their safe return home.
“The kidnappers had made contact and discussions were already on, pertaining to the safety and return” of the children to their homes, said Shehu on Twitter during talks with Katsina Gov. Aminu Masari. Neither official said whether the negotiations are with Boko Haram or another group.
Masari said security agencies “deployed for rescue operations have also informed us that they have located their position.”
The Daily Nigerian said it received an audio message from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claiming the abduction, although there has been no independent verification of its authenticity.
The Islamic extremist group has carried out mass abduction of students before. The most serious took place in April 2014, when more than 270 schoolgirls were taken from their dormitory at the Government Secondary School in Chibok in northeastern Borno State. About 100 of the girls are still missing.
In February 2014, 59 boys were killed during a Boko Haram attack on the Federal Government College Buni Yadi in Yobe State.
In the audio message about Friday’s attack, Shekau said his group abducted the schoolboys because Western education is against the tenets of Islam.
More than 600 students attend the school. Many were able to escape during a gunfight between the attackers and the police, according to state police spokesman Gambo Isah.
Bandits have operated in the northwest region for some time, and kidnappings have increased in recent years.