Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted and kidnapped in the early hours of Friday when militants raided a state-run school in Zamfara State, Nigeria.
The schoolgirls were taken from their hostels by gunmen who raided public secondary schools in the town of Jangebe, security officials told CNN.
A police officer was killed in the attack, according to the source, who did not want to be named as he did not have permission to speak on the record.
During the attack a policeman was also killed, the abductors came with 20 motorcycles and marched the girls inside the forest.
According to CNN, the sad part is that a Military checkpoint is about 4 minutes away from where this cowardly act of kidnapping young girls.
Nearly 500 students were at the boarding school out of whom 315 were taken by the gunmen and others managed to escape the hostel.
Later on Friday government launched a joint rescue operation, it was night and most girls were in their pajamas while they were abducted by the coward militants.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said the abduction was “inhumane and totally unacceptable”.
“This administration will not succumb to blackmail by bandits who target innocent school students in the expectations of huge ransom payments,” CNN quoted Buhari.
“We have the capacity to deploy massive force against the bandits in the villages where they operate, but our limitation is the fear of heavy casualties of innocent villagers and hostages who might be used as human shields by the bandits.
“Our primary objective is to get the hostages safe, alive, and unharmed,” Buhari added.
Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres also condemned the attack, he said “The Secretary-General calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted children and for their safe return to their families. He reiterates that attacks on schools and other educational facilities constitute a grave violation of the rights of children and human rights more broadly,” his spokesperson said in a statement released on Friday.
He called the kidnappings “a heinous violation” of human rights.
According to CNN, UNICEF also expressed concern at reports of the overnight attack.
“We are angered and saddened and by yet another brutal attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF representative in Nigeria.
“This is a gross violation of children’s rights and a horrific experience for children to go through — one which could have long-lasting effects on their mental health and well-being. We utterly condemn the attack and call on those responsible to release the girls immediately and for the government to take steps to ensure their safe release and the safety of all other schoolchildren in Nigeria.”
“Children should feel safe at home and at school at all times — and parents should not need to worry for the safety of their children when they send them off to school in the morning,” said Hawkins.
There are no exact details of the claims, but reports indicate this is the work of armed bandits in the region.
This is not the first time such actions were taken against school girls early reports indicate Boko-Haram, Daesh Affiliated group was responsible for criminal conducts by kidnapping school girls.