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12/10/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Gunmen stormed a secondary school in Katsina State on Friday, December 11. The Government Science Secondary School, where the gunmen raided, in Kankara town is home to roughly 1,000 students regularly.  It is unclear how many of the students were there that day, but it is believed that the gunmen initially abducted more than 600 students.

Since that night, 200 students have been able to escape and return home. This means that more than 400 children are still missing from this attack. It also makes this the largest abduction of children in recent history in Nigeria.

So far it is unclear who was behind this abduction. Some close to the kidnapping claimed that this was done by Fulani militants. Fulani militants have been known to carry out abductions for the purpose of ransoming victims back to families. This attack however is much more like the Boko Haram abductions of 276 girls from Chibok and 110 girls from Dapchi. Boko Haram often abducts children for ransom and recruitment to their ranks.

It is also unclear if this attack was religiously or economically motivated in any way. It appears as if the vast majority of the students were Muslim, as Katsina is one of the 12 states in Nigeria that has Sharia law. Despite this we pray that all of the children would be returned home safe to their families.

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