The gunmen released 32 students kidnapped from a Baptist school, a day after nearly 100 pupils snatched from an Islamic seminary in northwest Niger State were reunited with their parents after three months in captivity.
The state government is in talks with gunmen who seized 136 children from an Islamic seminary over the weekend, the latest in a string of mass kidnappings in the country.
The mass abduction of students by unidentified gunmen took place after the chief of the Nigerian president's All Progressive Congress was gunned down in a different part of the country.
More than three dozen bodies pulled from the water by Nigerian rescue workers, after an overcrowded river boat sank leaving more than 150 people missing who are feared drowned.
The boat left central Niger state and was heading to northwest Kebbi state when it split and sank, local officials say.
Thirty bodies have been recovered, five are still missing and 65 passengers have been rescued from a boat that capsized in Munya district of central Niger state, officials say.
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