In Nigeria, about 150 or more students were abducted by gunmen on 20 to 25 motorcycles armed with heavy weapons.
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The terror of gunmen is once again seen in Nigeria. An armed group has kidnapped dozens of students from an Islamic school in Niger State in north-central Nigeria. The school’s owner, Abubakar Tegina, told Reuters news agency that he saw the attack taking place and that around 150 students had been kidnapped.
Abubakar Tejna’s house is located 150 meters from the school. He told that I myself saw gunmen riding on 20 to 25 motorcycles armed with heavy weapons. He entered the school and kidnapped about 150 or more students and took them away. Tejna said that we cannot give accurate information about the abducted students, because many students had not reached the school yet. At the same time, 14 students and staff who were abducted a month ago from a university in Nigeria were released.
300 students study in Islamic school
A spokesman for the Niger State Police said in a statement that gunmen on motorcycles attacked the city of Tegina around 3 p.m. Sunday. He said that the attackers were firing indiscriminately and abducted the students of Salihu Tanko Islamic School. The exact number of abducted students is yet to be ascertained. Tejna said that 300 students come to study in this school and their age is between seven and 15 years. These children usually stay in homes and leave the house only to come to school.
700 students abducted since December
A spokeswoman for the state governor said that one person was shot and killed in the incident, while one person was injured after being shot. He said that the 11 children were abducted by the gunmen first, but later they were released as they could not walk because they were too young. Gunmen have also abducted the passengers of a bus.
In recent months, gunmen have fiercely attacked schools and universities in northern Nigeria for ransom. Since December, more than 700 students have been abducted. The attack in Niger State on Sunday occurred at a time when the remaining 14 students of the group abducted last month from the University of Kaduna State were released.
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