Gunmen believed to belong to a prison gang have kidnapped a whole lot of schoolboys from their hostels together with a few of academics in central Nigeria, an official and a safety supply instructed UKTN Wednesday.
The attackers carrying army uniforms stormed the Authorities Science Faculty in “big numbers” within the city of Kagara in Niger state late on Tuesday, herding the scholars into a close-by forest, the sources stated.
One pupil was lifeless in the course of the kidnapping, the official stated.
Northwest and central Nigeria have more and more been focused by prison gangs identified regionally as “bandits” who kidnap for ransom, rape and pillage throughout the area.
“Bandits went into GSC Kagara final evening and kidnapped a whole lot of scholars and their academics,” stated an official who requested to not be recognized because of the sensitivity of the difficulty.
“One of many kidnapped workers and a few college students managed to flee. The workers confirmed a pupil was shot lifeless in the course of the kidnap operation,” the official stated.
The varsity has round 1,000 college students and it was not instantly clear what number of have been taken.
The safety supply confirmed the small print of the assault and stated a headcount was underneath approach.
Troops with aerial assist have been monitoring the bandits for doable rescue, the safety supply stated.
The Niger kidnapping got here two months after a whole lot of schoolboys have been kidnapped in northwestern Katsina state then launched days later following negotiations with the federal government.
The gangs who’re pushed by monetary motives don’t have any ideological leanings however safety officers concern they’re being infiltrated by jihadists from Nigeria’s northeast the place the military is battling a decade-long Islamist insurgency.
(comply with UK Time News on Social Platforms.)