How Unknown Gunmen Kidnapped Students, Teachers In Niger

Unknown gunmen dressed in military uniforms raided the Government Science college in Kagara district of Niger state in the early hours of Wednesday, February 17.

Dozens of school pupils, teachers, and relatives were abducted during the attack on the secondary school.

A spokesperson for the Niger state government stated that 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their families were kidnapped.

Although, no one has laid claim to the attack, many suspect that the act was carried out by armed groups known as “bandits” in the north-west and central Nigeria.

A school pupil, who attempted to escape, was reportedly killed.

The names of the abducted pupils and teachers of Government Science College, Kagara have since been released.

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has also condemned the attack and has directed the security forces to carry out an immediate rescue operation.

The incident comes hours after bandits released a video showing more than 20 people abducted from a commercial bus near Zungeru town in Niger state.

Information Nigeria recalls that last December, a similar attack occurred in Katsina state in December 2020. More than 300 boys were kidnapped but they were released a few days later after negotiations with the government. Boko Haram also claimed responsibility for the attack.

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