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Hundreds of Students Kidnapped from School in Katsina State in Nigeria

On Friday, December 11, gunmen attacked a secondary school in Katsina State. Gunmen raided the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, where about 1,000 students study daily. It was not clear how many students were there at that time, but gunmen are believed to have initially abducted more than 600 students.

Since that night, 200 students have managed to escape and return home. That means more than 400 children are missing from the attack. It is also the largest child abduction in recent history in Nigeria.

It was not clear who was behind the abduction. However those who witnessed the abduction believed that the children were abducted by Fulani militants. Fulani militants are known for the purpose of returning the families of the abducted victims after taking Ransom.

However, the attack is as large as Boko Haram’s abduction of 276 girls from Chibok and 110 from Dapachi. Boko Haram often kidnaps children for ransom and recruits.

According to local sources, it has not yet been determined whether the attack was religious or economic in any way. It seems that the majority of the students were Muslims, as Katsina is one of the 12 states in Nigeria that have Sharia law. However, we pray that all children and their families will be return safely.

By Max Gibson

Max Gibson, also known as Mosheh, holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and has competed on his college's crew, cross country and track and field teams. Max co-founded the College Republicans and has run successful businesses, including Apex Web Services, which serves as CTO for non-profits Farrukh Saif Foundation and 'Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved.' He has been in a leadership position in the non-profit sector since 2011. In addition to his business pursuits, Max is a combat veteran of three major wars and is known for his generosity and strong belief in God.