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More than 300 boys who had been kidnapped in , with claiming responsibility, have reportedly been handed over to authorities.
More than 300 schoolboys who were kidnapped in northern Nigeria last week were handed over to government security, the Katsina state governor Aminu Bello Masari said on Thursday. He told both domestic media and the BBC’s Hausa language service.
Masari said most, if not all, the boys had been recovered, and that they would be medically examined and reunited with their families on Friday.
His claim could not be verified, however local newspaper Katsina Post reported the abductors fled and abandoned the children after they reached an agreement with the government.
Bashir Ahmaad, personal assistant to Nigerian president Muhammadu said on Twitter. “The abducted students of the Science Secondary School, Kankara have been rescued, the Katsina State Government has confirmed the news.”
The announcement came shortly after the Boko Haram group released a purporting to show the students begging security forces to leave the area.
The boys were taken last week from a government boarding school in the northwestern town of Kankara.
Katsina State is ’s home region. The national leader’s failure to quell Islamist insurgents since coming to power has blighted his tenure. If Boko Haram’s involvement in the kidnapping, still disputed by some in the government, is confirmed, it would represent an expansion from the group’s typical area of operation in Nigeria’s northeast.
aw/msh (Reuters, dpa)
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more details become available.

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