UPDATE | More than 80 students and 5 teachers abducted, cop killed in attack on Nigerian school

Security personnel stand at a female hostel at the Greenfield University in Kaduna, Nigeria on 21 April 2021.

Security personnel stand at a female hostel at the Greenfield University in Kaduna, Nigeria on 21 April 2021.

  • At
    least 80 students and five teachers were abducted in the latest attack on a
    school in Nigeria.
  • Gunman
    killed a police officer in the attack, before breaking through a gate and heading
    for students’ classes.
  • Bandits
    seeking ransom have kidnapped more than 800 Nigerian students from schools
    since December in a series of raids.

BAUCHI/KADUNA
– Gunmen killed a police officer and kidnapped at least 80 students and five
teachers from a school in the Nigerian state of Kebbi, police, residents and a
teacher said.

The
attack is the third mass kidnapping in three weeks in northwest Nigeria, which
authorities have attributed to armed bandits seeking ransom payments.

Usman
Aliyu, a teacher at the school, said the gunmen took more than 80 students,
most of them girls.

“They
killed one of the (police officers), broke through the gate and went straight
to the students’ classes,” he told Reuters.

Kebbi
State police spokesperson Nafiu Abubakar said the gunmen killed one officer
during an exchange and also shot a student, who was receiving medical
treatment.

Police
late on Thursday had not released the number of students missing, and a spokesperson
for the Kebbi state governor said they were conducting a tally of the missing.

Panic and confusion

The
attack took place at a federal government college in the remote town of Birnin
Yauri. Abubakar said security forces were searching a nearby forest for the
abducted students and teachers.

Atiku
Aboki, a resident who went to the school shortly after the gunfire stopped,
said he saw a scene of panic and confusion as people searched for their
children.

“When
we got there we saw students crying, teachers crying, everyone is sympathising
with people,” he said by telephone.

He said: 

Everyone was confused. Then my brother called me (to say) that his two children have not been seen and (we) don’t know if they are among the kidnapped.

Bandits
seeking ransom have kidnapped more than 800 Nigerian students from their
schools since December in a series of raids. Some have been freed while others
remain missing.

The
raids in the northwestern region are separate from Islamist insurgencies
centred on the northeast, where the Boko Haram militant group made global
headlines in 2014 when it abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of
Chibok.


Source

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.