Abubakar Shekau, leader of the jihadist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of 333 hundred high school students in northwestern Nigeria in a propaganda voicemail, broadcast Tuesday morning, December 15.
“I am Abubakar Shekau and our brothers are behind the kidnapping in Katsina”, announces the leader, who was responsible for the kidnapping of 276 high school girls in Chibok in 2014, triggering a wave of global outrage.
At least 333 teenagers remain missing since the attack on their high school in Katsina state in northwest Nigeria, hundreds of kilometers from Boko Haram territory, which usually operates in northeast Nigeria. country, around Lake Chad.
Over a hundred armed men on motorcycles attacked this rural school located in the town of Kankara during the night from Friday to Saturday. Hundreds of teenagers fled into the bush to hide there.
Schools closed in Katsina
This kidnapping was initially attributed to armed groups, called “Bandits” which terrorize the populations in this unstable region or kidnappings for ransom have become commonplace. This demand marks an extremely important turning point in the spread of the influence of jihadist groups in northwestern Nigeria.
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President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack and ordered the strengthening of security in all schools. In Katsina State, schools have closed. The army said Monday it had located “The hideout of the bandits”, adding that a military operation was underway.
The security situation has greatly deteriorated in northern Nigeria since the election of Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, who made the fight against Boko Haram the priority of his mandate.