Lots of of Nigerian college students are lacking after gunmen attacked a secondary college within the nation’s north-western Katsina state, police have confirmed.
The Authorities Science secondary college in Kankara was attacked on Friday night time by a big group of bandits who shot “with AK-47 rifles”, a state police spokesman mentioned.
Officers engaged the attackers “in a gun duel which gave [some of] the scholars the chance to scale the fence of the varsity and run for security”, the spokesman, Gambo Isah, mentioned in an announcement. About 400 college students have been lacking, Isah added. The college is believed to have greater than 600 college students.
“The police, Nigerian military, and Nigerian air power are working intently with the varsity authorities to determine the precise variety of the lacking and/or kidnapped college students,” mentioned Isah. “Search events are working with a view to seek out or rescue the lacking college students.”
A resident of the city, Mansur Bello, instructed the Related Press that the attackers took a few of the college students away.
It’s the newest assault on a faculty by gunmen in Nigeria. Probably the most critical incident occurred in April 2014, when members of the jihadist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 women from their college dormitory in Chibok, in north-eastern Borno state. About 100 of the ladies are nonetheless lacking.
Friday’s assault is believed to have been carried out by one in all a number of teams of bandits lively in north-western Nigeria. The teams are infamous for kidnapping folks for ransom.