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Nigeria arrests suspected student kidnappers

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[The scene where students were kidnapped in Kaduna estate, Nigeria. Photo/AFP].

Three suspects behind the abduction of more than 100 students in the Nigerian state of Kaduna have been arrested, police say.

They are among 50 suspects believed to be members of different gangs operating in north-west and central Nigeria.

Police Spokesperson Frank Mba said security forces were on the trail of 22 other members of the gang who were part of the abduction.

It comes as state governments in the region recruit vigilantes to help secure the area.

On 5 July, gunmen invaded Bethel Baptist high school in Kaduna and kidnapped over 121 students.

Some of the victims have been released, in batches – with the latest 10 students freed a few days ago.

At least 20 students are still being held captive.

Ransom

Parents of the abducted children have reportedly had to pay huge amounts of money as ransom to get their children released but there is no official confirmation on these reports.

The abduction of the students is the fourth mass abduction in Kaduna schools in the last few months.

Similar abductions have taken place in neighbouring Zamfara, Niger and Katsina states, which have seen a deteriorating security situation.