Police reportedly rescued over 200 students kidnapped by bandit in a secondary school in Katsina

About 200 students of Government Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina were reportedly rescued from gunmen.

The Katsina State Police Command on Saturday said the students were kidnapped after gunmen suspected to be bandit attacked the school on Friday night.

The command, however, did not specify the number of students abducted by the bandits.

A statement by the spokesman for the command, SP Gambo Isah, disclosed that a police inspector was injured during attempts to rescue the students.

The statement partly read,

“The DPO rescued over two hundred students back into the school compound. The Police, Nigerian Army, and Nigerian Air Force are working closely with the school authorities to ascertain the actual number of the missing and/or kidnapped students while search parties are assiduously working with a view to finding and/or rescue the missing students.

“It will be too early to say at this particular moment the actual number of students that have been kidnapped or missing. ”

The attack on the school and environs was said to have started at about 11 pm and lasted for over two hours. An undisclosed number of students and residents of the town were declared missing after the raid.

It was also learnt that the gang invaded the school on foot, unlike previous attacks in which they carried out similar attacks using motorbikes.

A policeman who spoke on anonymity confirmed that the group walked confidently into the school premises and kidnapped an undisclosed number of students.

Parents of wards have rushed to the school to know the fate of their children while security operatives were seen in strategic locations in the Kankara area of the state.


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