Gunmen believed to belong to a legal gang have kidnapped tons of of schoolboys from their hostels together with a few of academics in central Nigeria, an official and a safety supply advised AFP Wednesday.
The attackers sporting navy uniforms stormed the Government Science College in “huge numbers” within the city of Kagara in Niger state late on Tuesday, herding the scholars into a close-by forest, the sources stated.
One pupil was lifeless through the kidnapping, the official stated.
Northwest and central Nigeria have more and more been focused by legal gangs identified domestically as “bandits” who kidnap for ransom, rape and pillage throughout the area.
“Bandits went into GSC Kagara last night and kidnapped hundreds of students and their teachers,” stated an official who requested to not be recognized because of the sensitivity of the problem.
“One of the kidnapped staff and some students managed to escape. The staff confirmed a student was shot dead during the kidnap operation,” the official stated.
The college has round 1,000 college students and it was not instantly clear what number of had been taken.
The safety supply confirmed the main points of the assault and stated a headcount was underneath means.
Troops with aerial help had been monitoring the bandits for potential rescue, the safety supply stated.
The Niger kidnapping got here two months after tons of of schoolboys had been kidnapped in northwestern Katsina state then launched days later following negotiations with the federal government.
The gangs who’re pushed by monetary motives haven’t any ideological leanings however safety officers worry they’re being infiltrated by jihadists from Nigeria’s northeast the place the military is battling a decade-long Islamist insurgency.
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