- The US has broken its silence on the abduction of Kankara boys in Katsina
- The nation's embassy in Nigeria decried the mindless act carried out by an armed gang
- The US mission also urged the federal government to get hold of those who abducted the students
The United States (US) embassy has sent a crucial message to the federal government of Nigeria over the abduction of the Kankara schoolboys in Katsina.
In a tweet on Thursday, December 17, the US mission in Nigeria condemned the kidnap of the boys and offered its condolences to the affected families.
The US also expressed deep regret over the security guard killed in the attack on that ill-fated day.
It went on to say that schools should be a safe place "where children can learn and thrive."
Moreover, the mission called on the government to do all it can to arrest the perpetrators of this crime.
Its full statement read:
"The United States condemns the violent kidnapping of over 300 boys from the Government Secondary Science School in Kankara, Katsina state on December 11.
"We offer our sincere sympathies to the families of the missing students and the security guard killed in the attack. School should be a safe place where children can learn and thrive.
"The boys must be returned to their families immediately and those responsible for this attack held accountable to the full extent of the law."
In a post on Thursday, Legit.ng reported that a statement by the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie, indicated that the government of Katsina state had announced the release of over 500 schoolboys abducted on Friday, December 11, at Kankara local government area of the state.
Onochie said that the state government led by Governor Aminu Bello Masari confirmed the release of the boys on the evening of Thursday, December 17.
Also corroborating the report, the personal assistant to the president on new media, Bashir Ahmad, in a tweet said that the abducted schoolboys have been rescued.
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