Gunmen who abducted rankings of highschool scholars in Nigeria’s northwestern Katsina state have exchanged hearth with army forces seeking to rescue them, the rustic’s president mentioned Saturday.
Armed with AK-47s, the crowd stormed the Executive Science secondary college in Kankara district on Friday night time, police and locals mentioned.
A mum or dad and faculty worker advised Reuters that more or less part of the varsity’s 800 scholars have been lacking.
Condemning the assault in his house state, President Muhammadu Buhari mentioned in a commentary that the army had situated the abductors in a wooded area and was once exchanging hearth with them, aided via air toughen.
Police and the army have been nonetheless running to resolve what number of have been abducted and lacking.
Police on the scene on Friday exchanged hearth with the attackers, permitting some scholars to run for protection, police spokesman Gambo Isah mentioned in a commentary
Police mentioned they’d deploy further forces to toughen the quest and rescue. One officer was once shot and wounded within the trade of fireside with the crowd, they mentioned.
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Katsina is plagued via violence the federal government attributes to bandits – a unfastened time period for gangs of outlaws who assault locals and kidnap for ransom. Assaults via Islamist militants are commonplace in northeastern portions of the rustic.
Violence and lack of confidence throughout Nigeria have enraged electorate, in particular after rankings of farmers have been killed, some beheaded, via Islamist militants in northeast Borno state overdue closing month.
Buhari, who arrived on Friday for per week in his house village some about 125 miles from Kankara, was once scheduled to transient the nationwide meeting at the safety scenario closing week, however cancelled the semblance with out professional rationalization.