Police officer killed, 80 students kidnapped in attack on a school in Nigeria | News about armed groups Group
The attack on Federal Government College in Kebbi state is the third attack by gangs on a school in Nigeria in a month.
Armed attackers killed a police officer and kidnapped at least 80 students and five teachers from a school in the northwestern Nigerian state of Kebbi, police, residents and teachers said.
The attack occurred Thursday on the Federal Government College in the remote town of Birnin Yauri, Kebbi state. It is the third attack by armed gangs on a school or college in Nigeria in less than a month attributed by authorities to ransom bandits.
Usman Aliyu, a teacher at the school, said the perpetrators took more than 80 students, most of them girls.
“They killed one of the (police officers), broke through the gate and went straight to the students’ class,” he told Reuters.
A police spokesman for Kebbi state, Nafiu Abubakar, said an officer was shot dead in an exchange of fire between the police and the attackers, and a student was shot and was receiving medical treatment.
Abubakar said security forces searched a nearby forest for the kidnapped students and teachers.
Police had not disclosed the number of missing students late Thursday, and a spokesman for Kebbi state governor said they would be keeping a list of the missing.
Atiku Aboki, a local resident who went to school shortly after the gunshots stopped, told Reuters that he saw a scene of panic and confusion as people searched for their children.
“When we got there, we saw students crying, teachers crying, everyone has compassion for people,” he said on the phone.
“Everyone was confused. Then my brother called me [to say] that his two children were not seen and [we] I do not know whether they are among the abductees. “
Heavily armed criminal gangs, known locally as bandits, have long attacked central and northwestern states, raiding villages, stealing cattle, and kidnapping for ransom.
But they have increasingly targeted schools, snatched students or school children, and driven them into hiding places in the woods to negotiate ransom payments.
More than 700 children and students have been kidnapped by these gangs since December in order to extort ransom.
The raids mainly took place in the northwest region. They are separate from armed operations in the northeast, where the Boko Haram group made headlines around the world in 2014 when they kidnapped more than 270 schoolgirls from Chibok city.
At the end of May, armed men confiscated 136 children from an Islamic seminary in the central Nigerian state of Niger.
The mass kidnappings are only a challenge to President Muhammadu Buhari’s security forces, who are also fighting an armed conflict in the northeast and growing separatist tensions in the southeast of the country.