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Halting Repeated School Kidnappings in Nigeria

Gunmen snatched more than 270 girls from a boarding school in north-western Nigeria on 26 February, releasing them four days later.

In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Nnamdi Obasi looks at why the authorities are struggling to prevent these mass kidnappings.

  • Nnamdi Obasi
  • ICG

The 26 February mass kidnapping was the third in the past three months in Nigeria’s North West or adjacent states.

Is the region becoming more insecure?

The North West has been in turmoil for several years.

It tends to get less international attention than Nigeria’s North East region (which is the centre of activity for the jihadist group Boko…

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