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Nigerian Schoolgirls Released After Armed Kidnapping

A man stands in the deserted school dormitory after bandits invaded and took away over 300 schoolgirls in Jangede, Zamfara State in northwest Nigeria, on February 26, 2021. - More than 300 schoolgirls were abducted by gunmen in northwest Nigeria on February 26, 2021 in the country's latest mass kidnapping, and a rescue bid was under way, regional police said. A suspected criminal gang attacked the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe, a village in Zamfara state, around 1 am, police and a local official said. It is Nigeria's third school attack in less than three months -- a series that has revived traumatic memories of the "Chibok girls" kidnapped by jihadists nearly seven years ago. (Photo by Habibu ILIYASU / AFP) (Photo by HABIBU ILIYASU/AFP via Getty Images)
A man stands in the deserted school dormitory after gunmen invaded and took away more than 270 girls in Jangebe in northwest Nigeria, on Feb. 26. The girls have all since been returned.

More than 275 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped last Friday have been returned safely, government officials say. The Nigerian government has denied paying a ransom for the girls, and officials have not said who's responsible. It's unclear whether the captors were arrested. The government initially said 317 girls were abducted, but today revised the number to 279 without explanation. They were taken from their beds at the Government Girls Science Secondary School in the town of Jangebe.Witnesses told reporters that gunmen — some wearing uniforms and disguised as security personnel — arrived at the school in pickup trucks and on motorcycles around 1 a.m. last Friday (7 p.m. ET Thursday). They then "broke into the students' hostels" and "forcefully evacuated" them.The girls' kidnapping and return are the latest in a string of other similar instances in Nigeria. On Saturday, a group of 42 people kidnapped last month were released by their captors. In December, 300 abducted schoolboys were let go after negotiations. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted Tuesday that the Nigerian government is "working hard to bring an end to these grim and heartbreaking incidents of kidnapping." Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.