A group of unidentified gunmen attacked an agricultural school in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, killing three security forces and abducting 20 people, school officials and authorities said on Monday.
Mohammed Shehu, a spokesperson for the Zamfara State police, said the gunmen launched the attack late Sunday and exchanged fire with a security team assigned to guard the college.
The school’s registrar Aminu Khalid Maradun confirmed that assailants killed a policeman and two security officers.
Maradun also said that the gunmen abducted 20 people, including 15 students and five school staff, during the ambush.
“The gunmen forced themselves into the school through the pedestrian gate and took away the hostages,” a school official said in a statement. “They killed three security personnel in a shootout.”
Authorities said police officers were dispatched to scout the location of the agricultural college in search of the victims. Three missing members of the staff were already found and rescued.
Bandits attacking schools and abducting students for ransom have grown rampant in the northwestern region of Nigeria over the previous months.
Authorities blamed the sharp spike of poverty in the country due to the painful effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
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