Nigeria kidnappings: Officials ‘negotiating release of students’

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  • Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Nigeria kidnappings: Officials ‘negotiating release of students’” – below is their description.

    Government officials in northern Nigeria say they are negotiating with kidnappers to release more than 140 students abducted on Sunday.

    The gunmen have threatened to start killing their captives unless their ransom demand is met.

    Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Tegina in the state of Niger.

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