28 kidnapped Nigerian students released
Twenty-eight students who were kidnapped by armed gunman from their school in northwest Nigeria were released Sunday, the Associated Press reports.
State of play: Armed gunman stormed Bethel Baptist School on July 5 in Nigeria's Kaduna state and abducted roughly 140 students.
- In the weeks since the kidnapping, 34 children were released or escaped, per AP.
- Although Sunday's release freed 28 more students, 81 children remain "in captivity," Rev. Ite Joseph Hayab, a pastor involved in the negotiations for their release, told Reuters.
The big picture: Nigerian schools have become regular targets for kidnappings by armed groups seeking ransom.
- The kidnapping at Bethel Baptist was the 10th mass kidnapping in Northwest Nigeria, Reuters reports.
- The attack was also the fourth on an educational institute in Kaduna in the past five months, according to the BBC.
- Since December, more than 1,000 students have been kidnapped in Nigeria and nine have been killed, per the BBC.