Hundreds of students are feared missing after shooters raided a secondary school in north-western Nigeria.
The invaders arrived on motorbikes and started shooting into the air, causing people to flee, witnesses said; the armed raid was reminiscent of the BOKO HARAM EXTREMISTS attacks on innocent school children.
The strike took place at the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara. More than 800 students are said to reside in Katsina state on Friday evening. The raid lasted about an hour, according to some students who witnessed the attack.
Military officials discovered the gunmen’s refuge in a forest and exchanged gunfire with them; there was no implication that any of the students were rescued or whether anyone was injured.
In a statement on Saturday, police said that some of the gunmen were forced to retreat during an exchange of fire. Some students were able to scale the fence of the school and run to safety, BBC News reported.
“The party National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, at a news conference in Abuja on Saturday, said that the PDP was standing with the entire Katsina people over the incident. Ologbondiyan said that the PDP sympathized with the people of Katsina state, particularly the kidnapped students’ parents. He said that the PDP, working in concert with other patriotic Nigerians, would not rest until each kidnapped students were found and returned. Ologbondiyan urged Nigerians to remain alert and prayerful as the nation wades through the nightmare, Vanguard News (vanguardngr.com) reported.