Gunmen Abduct Hundreds of Students in North Central Nigeria

Gunmen abducted a large number of students in the north-central Niger state in Nigeria on May 31, according to authorities.

According to Police Spokesperson Wasiu Abiodun, armed bandits on motorcycles attacked the Salihu Tanko Islamic School in the town of Tegina, firing indiscriminately and abducting a yet to be known number of students.

A teacher told the press that 150 students were missing, but Nigerian media reported that the gunmen abducted about 200 students.

The Niger State Government reported on Twitter that the gunmen have released 11 children “who were too small and couldn’t walk.”

The attack killed at least one person and seriously injured another, according to authorities.

The state government also said that the gunmen kidnapped some passengers of a bus traveling to state capital Minna.

“Governor Sani Bello, in a statement expressed outrage at the escalating level of banditry in the state while reiterating his emergency call on the Federal Government for prompt intervention,” the state government said, adding that Bello appealed for calm.

The attack is the latest in a series of mass abduction of students in Nigeria carried out by gunmen to collect money for ransom.

The abduction comes a day after gunmen released 14 university students and staff of Greenfield University in neighboring Kaduna state, following a month in captivity.

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