Nigeria Says 344 Kidnapped Students Have Been Released

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More than 300 students kidnapped in northwest Nigeria last week have been freed after being held captive for six days, according to government officials.

In all, 344 students have been released, Abdu Labaran, a spokesman for Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state, where the mass kidnapping occurred, said by phone Thursday night. Nigerian authorities didn’t pay a ransom to secure the release of the boys, he said.