Lots of of scholars in Nigeria are feared lacking after gunmen stormed a secondary college within the northern state of Katsina, information businesses and the Nigerian authorities mentioned.
Gunmen rushed into the Authorities Science Secondary College in Kankara at round 9:40 p.m. Friday, capturing AK-47 rifles into the air and rounding up college students, the police in Katsina mentioned.
It was unclear what number of college students had been kidnapped. Witnesses and officers have estimated that the varsity sometimes holds 800 to 1,200 college students. Greater than 200 college students who have been kidnapped have been rescued, Isah Gambo, a police spokesman, mentioned Saturday in an announcement.
However about 400 college students remained unaccounted for, a guardian and college worker instructed the Reuters information company, and the authorities, together with the military and air drive, have been working to get the lacking college students again.
The assault was met with resistance by the police, which allowed some college students to scale the fence of the varsity and run for security and “pressured the hoodlums to retreat into the forest,” Mr. Gambo mentioned.
The navy tracked the attackers and exchanged gunfire with them in a forest in Kankara, Garba Shehu, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, mentioned Saturday.
No scholar casualties have been reported, though one officer was shot throughout the attackers’ raid on the varsity on Friday and brought to a hospital, the police mentioned. The shootings across the college “despatched lots of of them fleeing and scrambling over the perimeter partitions,” Mr. Shehu mentioned.
It was not instantly clear who was behind the assault. Some witnesses mentioned the gunmen have been Fulani, a nomadic ethnic group in Nigeria, however the authorities haven’t verified these assertions.
However the assault, paying homage to the 2014 kidnapping of schoolgirls and so near the execution this month of more than 70 farmers in northeastern Nigeria by Boko Haram militants, angered Nigerians who accused the federal government of not defending its residents. Kidnappings for ransom have occurred within the space close to the abductions.
President Buhari, who was in his residence state of Katsina for a go to when the assault occurred, on Saturday condemned “the cowardly bandits’ assault on harmless youngsters.” He directed that safety be tightened round faculties.
Aminu Masari, Katsina state’s governor, has ordered all faculties within the state to be closed, the local news media reported.
On Saturday, dad and mom and family of the lacking college students gathered on the college to await data.
“I’ve a baby and a youthful brother who’ve been taken by the abductors,” mentioned Bint’a Ismael, who instructed the British Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday that she had been ready on the college since daybreak for an replace.
“We’re terrified right here in Katsina state,” she mentioned. “We don’t see the purpose of the federal government.”