One hundred and thirteen children, from the village of Mahuta in the northern Nigerian state of Katsina, were rescued on Dec. 20, following a firefight, according to a spokesman for the state police.
Armed bandits, identified as Fulani herdsmen, abducted 80 children on Dec. 19. The children, members of local Islamic seminaries, were traveling with their teachers when they were kidnapped.
After learning about the abduction, community members set off in pursuit of the kidnappers and found the kidnapper’s hideout. The locals laid siege on the area until the children were freed.
The 113 children include the 80 abducted on Dec. 19, and 33 that were kidnapped previously.
Police were still looking for the perpetrators, who had managed to escape.
The Dec. 19 incident occurred after the release of hundreds of school boys that were kidnapped from a boarding school in Katsina state. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for that kidnapping.
Sources: BBC.com, dw.com (Deutsche Well)