The international community has called for the release of 317 girls who were kidnapped from their public secondary school in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara.

Nigerian armed forces and the police have launched a search and rescue operation for the girls. A member of the school told local newspaper The Punch that armed men stormed the center in the town of Jangebe at 1 am Friday and abducted the girls using Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks and motorcycles.EFE