Gunmen Kidnap 140 Students in Nigeria

Gunmen have kidnapped 140 students from their boarding school in northwestern Nigeria, according to local officials on July 5.

Armed men stormed into the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna state and abducted most of the 165 students boarding in the school.

“The kidnappers took away 140 students, only 25 students escaped,” Teacher Emmanuel Paul told AFP News, adding that they do not know where the attackers took the students.

Kaduna State Police Spokesperson Muhammed Jalige told AFP News that tactical police teams are currently conducting a rescue mission.

Police said they have already rescued 26 people, including one teacher.

The attack is the fourth mass school kidnapping in the state since December and it came hours after gunmen abducted at least eight people, including an infant, from a health center in Zaria, according to the police.

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