Two parents of kidnapped school children in Tegina in Nigeria’s central Niger state have died of trauma, reported local media.
They have been in shock following the kidnapping of the students from their school by armed gangs on Sunday.
The parents are reported to have suddenly fallen sick and became unconscious.
The kidnappers are said to be demanding ransom before they release the children – and have threatened their lives if it is not paid.
Earlie the principal of the Islamic school said that he spoke with the kidnappers and was assured that the children were in good health.
Abubakar Alhassan said 136 students could not be accounted for, including five of his children, after a headcount was conducted following the abductions. Three of the teachers are also missing.
However, there’s still no official confirmation of the exact number of students that were kidnapped. ‘