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Gunmen believed to belong to a legal gang have kidnapped a whole bunch of schoolboys from their hostels together with some academics in central Nigeria, an official and a safety supply instructed AFP Wednesday.
The attackers sporting navy uniforms stormed the Authorities Science Faculty in “enormous numbers” within the city of Kagara in Niger state late on Tuesday, herding the scholars into a close-by forest, the sources mentioned.
One scholar was useless throughout the kidnapping, the official mentioned.
Northwest and central Nigeria have more and more been focused by legal 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 bunch of scholars and their academics,” mentioned 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 scholar was shot useless throughout the kidnap operation,” the official mentioned.
The college has round 1,000 college students and it was not instantly clear what number of had been taken.
The safety supply confirmed the main points of the assault and mentioned a headcount was below method.
Troops with aerial assist had been monitoring the bandits for potential rescue, the safety supply mentioned.
The Niger kidnapping got here two months after a whole bunch of schoolboys had been kidnapped in northwestern Katsina state then launched days later following negotiations with the federal government.
The gangs who’re pushed by monetary motives haven’t any ideological leanings however safety officers worry they’re being infiltrated by jihadists from Nigeria’s northeast the place the military is battling a decade-long Islamist insurgency.