Katsina, Nigeria Boys freed
Hundreds of boys abducted from their school in Katsina State, in northern Nigeria, on 11 December were freed last week. Officials insisted that all 344 boys had been released unharmed, but there were reports that some were still being held captive.

Hundreds of boys abducted from their school in Katsina State, in northern Nigeria, on 11 December were freed last week. Officials insisted that all 344 boys had been released unharmed, but there were reports that some were still being held captive. The Islamist group Boko Haram, which has long terrorised swathes of northern Nigeria, has claimed responsibility for the abduction, but some analysts said it was more likely to have been perpetrated by local gangs.