Gunmen abduct Kaduna tertiary institution students

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Unknown gunmen on Friday stormed the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Mando, Kaduna State and abducted students in the school.

Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige who confirmed the incident to newsmen said the exact number of students abducted is currently unknown.

“They were abducted last night but we have no details of the number of students and I can’t say if they are all female.

“We are currently working with the Nigerian Army to trace the kidnappers and rescue the students,” he said.

Recall that gunmen had earlier abducted students and staff of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, Niger State, and Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State.

Students rescued, others still missing

At least 30 students of the school are confirmed still missing after invasion.

It took the intervention of soldiers who partially thwarted their scheme.

The attackers were said to have started arranging all the female students for evacuation when the soldiers intervened.

The soldiers and the bandits were said to have battled for hours a development that made them to abandon no less than 180 of the students.

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The state government has confirmed the attack, adding that after preliminary investigations, 30 students are yet to be accounted for.

State Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said: “Armed bandits in large numbers had attacked the institution at around 11:30pm on Thursday and kidnapped several students and staff.

“The armed bandits broke into the institution by breaching a perimeter fence. They then encroached about 600 meters to attack the first facility.

“The Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs on receiving a distress call, alerted the 1 Division Nigerian Army and the Air Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force.

“Troops of the Nigerian Army immediately moved to the school and engaged the armed bandits accordingly.

“The troops successfully rescued 180 citizens; 42 female students, eight staff and 130 male students.

“However, about 30 students, a mix of males and females, are yet to be accounted for.

“Some of the rescued students were injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.”

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