One of the students who was not kidnapped from a Government Girls Junior Secondary School following an attack by gunmen in Jangebe, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.  Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation. (AP Photo/ Ibrahim Mansur)

Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were rescued days after kidnapping

Hundreds of schoolgirls that were kidnapped in Nigeria have been rescued.

On Friday, 279 girls were abducted by armed men who raided their state-run school in Nigeria’s northwest Zamfara State. Yusuf Idris, a spokesman for the regional governor, said Tuesday the girls had been safely returned and were all accounted for. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Twitter that he was “pleased” the ordeal “has come to a happy end without any incident.”

“We are working hard to bring an end to these grim and heartbreaking incidents of kidnapping. The Military and the Police will continue to go after kidnappers,” he said.

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