Another Mass Abduction in Nigeria Raises Fears of a Resurgent Boko Haram

A group of schoolboys are escorted by Nigerian military and officials following their release after they were kidnapped last week, in Katsina, Nigeria, Dec. 18, 2020 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
A group of schoolboys are escorted by Nigerian military and officials following their release after they were kidnapped last week, in Katsina, Nigeria, Dec. 18, 2020 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
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Editor’s Note: Africa Watch will be off for the holidays the next two weeks. It will return Jan. 8. More than 340 Nigerian schoolboys, abducted by armed men in a nighttime raid last week, were freed Thursday and are being reunited with their families. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for kidnapping the boys from their boarding school in northwestern Katsina state, and the celebration of their release was tempered by concerns that the jihadist group may now be expanding beyond its traditional base in the country’s northeast. Government critics are also questioning whether President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is equipped to contain […]

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