kidnapped in Nigeria

Twelve out of 19 kidnapped by gunmen earlier this week in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Katsina regained freedom early Wednesday following a back-channel effort, according to a local official.

The victims were traveling from the central state of Niger to Katsina on Monday when gunmen who disguised as security men waylaid them, said Mustapha Mohammed Inuwa, secretary to the state government of Katsina.

Inuwa told reporters in the city of Katsina, the state capital, that the victims regained their freedom following negotiations between representatives of the government and the gunmen.

The remaining seven were held back by the gunmen, the government’s scribe said, but assured that they would also regain their freedom soon.

The 12 freed hostages have since reunited with their families. Enditem

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