279 girls who were abducted from the Government Girls Science Secondary (GGSS) School in the town of Jangebe, have been freed.
According to earlier reports, 317 girls were abducted by an armed gang last week.
Zamafara state spokesperson Sulaiman Tanau Anka told Reuters that some of the missing girls had run into the bush at the time of the assault, and the number of those kidnapped was 279. All had now been freed, Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle said.
Journalists in Jangebe saw dozens of girls in Muslim veils sitting in a hall in a state government building.
“Alhamdulillah! It gladdens my heart to announce the release of the abducted students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity,” Matawalle said earlier on Twitter.
— Dr. Bello Matawalle (@Bellomatawalle1) March 2, 2021