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DHQ: Terrorists Responsible for Kuriga Schoolchildren Abduction Eliminated

The Defence Headquarters has announced that the perpetrators who abducted 137 schoolchildren from a government-owned school in Kuriga, Chikun local government area of Kaduna State, were neutralized during a rescue operation.

Recall terrorists seized over 280 pupils during an assault on the school, demanding a ransom of N1 billion for their release.

However, on March 24, 2024, 137 schoolchildren were rescued in Zamfara State following a “fierce battle” between the terrorists and the military, with support from civilian joint task force members.

The Defence Headquarters, in a statement, stated that troops, in collaboration with local authorities, successfully liberated the children.

“Accordingly, in the early hours of 24 March 2024, the military working with local authorities and government agencies across the country, in a coordinated search and rescue operation rescued the hostages,” the DHQ said.

“The hostages are same persons that were abducted from the school at Kuriga in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.

“The rescued hostages totaling 137 comprise of 76 females and 61 males. They were rescued in Zamfara State and would be conveyed and handed over to the Kaduna State Government for further action.”

They were released 18 days after their abduction but the authorities did not mention if ransom was paid to secure their release.

However, Defence spokesperson, General Edward Buba said the children were released following a coordinated military operations with no arrests made rather, he said some of the terrorists were killed in the operation.

“several (of the terrorists) were killed in military action, and no arrest was made,” the Defence spokesperson said.