World Liberation in Nigeria of the 42 people kidnapped 10 days ago in a boarding school
In Belarus, more arrests
© Provided by Liberation Journalists Katerina Bakhvalova, right, and Daria Chultsova in the defendants' box during a hearing in Minsk, Belarus, on February 9. Belarusian mornings are starting right now with arrests and searches. On Wednesday, law enforcement loyal to autocrat Alexander Lukashenko forced open the door of a Protestant temple with a jigsaw during worship.
The 42 people, including 27 children,school in the center-west of Nigeria, were released, local authorities announced on Saturday, the day after another mass kidnapping where .
"The students, teachers and their relatives of the College of Sciences of Kagara have found their freedom and are received by the local government", announced on twitter Abubakar Sani Bello, the governor of the Nigerian state of Niger, one areas mined by criminal groups called "bandits".
In mid-February, armed men attacked this public secondary school in Kagara, killing a student and taking with them 27 students, three teachers and 12 family members of staff.
Gunmen kill 36 in attacks on two northern Nigerian states
Gunmen killed 36 people in two attacks in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, a day after insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades amid worsening security facing Africa's most populous nation.The series of attacks by armed bandits occurred over the past 48 hours with 18 people killed each in villages of Kaduna and Katsina states and several others injured. The assailants burnt down houses, displacing the villagers.
The “bandits”, as the authorities refer to them, terrorize the local populations, carry out mass kidnappings for ransom, now abduct children from schools, loot villages and steal livestock.
On Friday, 317 girls attending school in Zamfara state further north were also abducted from their dormitories. A rescue operation is underway, made up of security forces, but also angry villagers.Lure of profit
President Muhammadu Buhari, very strongly criticized by the catastrophic security situation in northern Nigeria, assured Friday evening that he would not "give in to the blackmail" of the bandits.
With each new mass kidnapping, the authorities, federal or local, claim to pay no ransom to the kidnappers for the release of the hostages, which is unlikely in the eyes of security experts who fear that this mode of kidnappings will multiply in the country. region.
These criminal gangs are motivated by greed, but some have forged strong links with jihadist groups present in the northeast.
This criminal violence has killed more than 8,000 people since 2011, and forced more than 200,000 people to flee their homes, according to a report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank published in May 2020.
Taiwan Begins Missile Tests Amid Chinese Military Drills in South China Sea .
The governments of Taiwan and China are monitoring each other's military activity as both countries announce a string of exercises for March.Wednesday and Thursday will see the first two rounds of tests carried out by Taiwan's state-owned weapons and technology developer, National Chung‑Shan Institute of Science and Technology. Four more rounds are scheduled between March 10 and 19, according to government notices released by the Council of Agriculture and Taiwan Fisheries Agency.