Greater than 300 women who had been abducted last week from their boarding school in Nigeria by a gaggle of armed males have been launched, a neighborhood official mentioned on Tuesday, the second time in lower than every week that gunmen have returned kidnapped schoolchildren within the nation.

The women had been taken on Friday from Authorities Women Secondary College within the northern state of Zamfara. Nigerian officers later told Reuters that the federal government was negotiating for his or her launch.

“It gladdens my coronary heart to announce the discharge of the kidnapped college students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity,” the governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, wrote on Twitter early Tuesday, referring to their college’s title. He additionally posted pictures exhibiting women in face masks being transported in white vans.

Different native information shops confirmed video of a gaggle of women they mentioned had been the abductees. The footage exhibits some barefoot whereas strolling in a line, whereas others are limping.

The week earlier than the women had been kidnapped, greater than 40 youngsters and adults had been abducted from a boarding school in Niger state, turning into the most recent victims of the West African nation’s slide into insecurity. They had been freed on Saturday.

The women who had been freed this week had been kidnapped from the varsity in Jangebe city. Mr. Matawalle referred to them on Twitter because the #JangebeGirls.

“I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice with us as our daughters at the moment are protected,” he wrote.