More than 300 girls were kidnapped by armed men from a school in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara.
Witnesses reported seeing the girls being forced into vehicles while about fifty students escaped.
A joint police and military search and rescue operation is underway to find them.
Mamumda Inuwa works in the school’s security department and shared his experience with the robbery.
“When we tried to get out we were overwhelmed and when we fired they fired back. We kept fighting them and suddenly they retreated. One of them got off his motorcycle to escape. Then we thought we were going.” Then we were told to go home. And now, as I speak to you, soldiers in the bush are fighting with you, “he said.
It is the most recent incident in the region in recent weeks – with heavily armed gangs using children as ransom.
In April 2014, the Boko Haram jihadist group took 276 girls from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno state. More than a hundred of the girls are still missing.
This latest attack also came less than two weeks after armed men abducted 42 people, including 27 students, from Government Science College Kagara, Niger state. You are still being held.
In December last year, 344 students from Kankara State Science Secondary School in Katsina State were abducted but eventually released.