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Nigerian police confirmed on Wednesday more than 20 students abducted from a college in the country’s northwestern state of Kaduna have been released.

Mohammed Jalige, a police spokesperson in Kaduna, who confirmed this to reporters in a statement, said the abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization regained their freedom after spending 55 days in captivity.

The students were abducted on March 11 by a group of unknown gunmen who attacked the college located in the town of Afaka in Igabi local government area of the state, and 39 students were declared missing by the state government on the following day.

Two separate statements from the state government in early April confirmed 10 students of the college have been set free. Jalige said the newly freed students are currently undergoing medical examination at a health facility in Kaduna.

Meanwhile, the state government has rejoiced with the parents of the students for their safe release. “The government rejoices with the freed students, their families, and the management of the institution over this development,” Samuel Aruwan, the commissioner for internal security and home affairs said in a statement.

A series of gunmen attacks recently happened in the northern part of the most populous African country, including attacks on schools and kidnapping of students.

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