Nigerian school deserted following gunmen attack

Officers of the Nigerian Army (Photo: The Sun)

Students of the Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State in Nigeria, have moved out of the school premises after an early Wednesday morning gunmen attack.

This comes two months after an earlier attack on the Government Science Secondary, Kankara in Katsina State.

The latest gunmen’s attack led to the death of one student while many others including teachers are still missing.

In a video, the students can be seen carrying their bags filled with their clothes and other items as they leave their hostels.

Some parents can also be seen looking distraught as security operatives guard the school following their deployment to the school after the attack.

The gunmen had earlier on Wednesday morning gained access to the school around 2 am, dressed in military uniform, shooting sporadically into the air.

The school principal who escaped from the attack confirmed to journalists that the operation started from the staff quarters where they abducted members of staff including a couple before they gained access to the students’ hostels.

Other sources say some students escaped after the raid while a headcount is being conducted at the school to ascertain the actual number of missing students.

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Already, security agencies have reportedly started tracing the attackers’ movement while the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), aircraft have been seen hovering in the air to track the location of the students.

Buhari condemns attack

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attack.

Following these reports, the President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure immediate and safe return of all the captives.

The President has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College.

Buhari has assured of the support of his administration to the Armed Forces in their brave struggle against terrorism and banditry and urged them to do all that can be done to bring an end to this saga, and avoid such cowardly attacks on schools in the future.

“Our prayers are with families of the victims of this attack,” said the President as he condemned as cowardly the attack on innocent school children.

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