A group of more than 300 schoolboys who were last week kidnapped during an attack on their school in Katsina state, Nigeria, arrived back in Katsina city on Friday, December 18, after being freed.
Live video from the scene shows the schoolboys gathered in a large room at Katsina government house.
Parents expressed their relief and joy at the news. “I couldn’t believe what I heard until neighbors came to inform me that it’s true,” Hafsat Funtua, the mother of one of the boys, told Al Jazeera.
Aminu Bello Masari, the governor of Katsina state, announced on Thursday that 344 boys had been “rescued”.
“We are extremely happy to announce the rescue of the #KankaraBoys from their abductors,” he tweeted. “[The] 344 are now with the security agencies and will be moved to Katsina this night.” Credit: Katsina Post via Storyful