Desperate search underway for more than 300 girls in Nigeria

The Nigerian president condemned the kidnappings as “inhumane and totally unacceptable."
1:18 | 02/28/21

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Overseas now and the desperate search for more than 300 girls kidnapped from their school in northern Nigeria. One four losing four daughters. A sad trend there, kidnappings on the rise. Here's Julia Macfarlane. Reporter: Tonight, every parent's nightmare at this Nigerian boarding school -- more than 300 girls kidnapped right from their dorms. Their belongings scattered behind. Their classrooms empty. Bullet holes from gunfire scarring the walls. Parents waiting for news. I now start to search my own, they said they've carried her. I now start crying by then. Reporter: It's the third kidnapping of school children in recent months. Two dozens boys were taken for days and released just this morning. The abduction of these girls, reminiscent of the 2014 abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls by the islamist militant group Boko Haram. More than a hundred girls were eventually found or set free after the government secured their release, but another 100 have never been found. Whit, there's been no claim of responsibility for this abduction, but kidnappings are on the rise in Nigeria. In the last ten years, nearly $20 million has been paid out in ransom. Police say this is likely the work of criminal gangs. Whit? Julia Macfarlane for us, thank you.

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