Nigerian Troops Rescue Christian Student Kidnapped By Bandits in School Attack

A Nigerian Army Soldier armed with a 5.45mm AK-74 assault rifle provides security as US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC), move into position around the runway at Roberts International Airport, Liberia, during Joint Task Force (JTF) Liberia.

Four days after being kidnapped by what is suspected to have been Fulani Muslim bandits, a Christian student was rescued by Nigerian troops by the military’s Operation Safe Haven.

On April 29, bandits attacked Kings College Gana Ropp, a Christian school in Nigeria’s Plateau State. According to International Christian Concern, the group is suspected to have been members of the Fulani herdsmen, who have been behind many attacks on Christians in recent years.

The attackers attempted to abduct students, three of whom escaped. One, however, was unable to evade capture.

The Sun reported that student Kelvin Eze was successfully rescued four days later by means of a “sustained search and rescue operation by the troops without payment of ransom.”

“The rescued student who is hale and hearty has since been reunited with other students in the college,” said Media Officer Major Shittu Ibrahim.

The Islamic terror group Boko Haram, while distinct from Fulani herdsman, is experiencing a resurgence on the African continent and also has a long history of attacking schools. Their name, according to ICC, loosely means “Western education is forbidden,” and it is on these grounds that they target educational institutions.

ICC explains that Boko Haram “established the pattern of kidnapping school children for ransom in 2014 when the group abducted 276 mostly Christian girls from a school in Chibok. 2021 has seen several large-scale kidnappings which were originally thought to have been carried out by loosely organized bandits. Recently, Kaduna state governor El Rufai informed the public that these ransoms were used to fund Boko Haram, and has therefore refused to comply with payment demands.”

H/T CBN News

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