17 February 2021

 Armed men have kidnapped at least 27 children from a secondary school in central Nigeria’s Niger state, according to officials.

Abdullberqy Ebbo, director general for strategic operation of Niger state in a tweet said “one student was shot by the bandits and lost his life”.

He added that three staff of the school and 12 members of their families were also among the kidnapped.

Earlier today, Ibrahim Matane, Niger State government secretary said that armed men had attacked the Government Science College in Kagara, about 260km northwest of the Nigerian capital Abuja, at approximately 3am.

The attackers, dressed in military uniforms and masks, stormed the school hostels to take away children, local media reported, adding that some of the children escaped during the incident.

Government Science College has a student body of about a thousand. School authorities have begun a headcount to determine the exact number of missing children.

No group has claimed responsibility.

The incident comes hours after bandits released a video of more than 20 people abducted from a commercial bus near Zungeru town in Niger state. It raises growing concerns about security and violence in the country’s north.

Adapted from BBcnews

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