Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted scores of students from the Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina State, North-West Nigeria.
According to sources, the principal of the school, Usman Abubakar who confirmed the development, said the bandits came in their numbers around 10:15pm, burgled the school gate and shot one of the policemen on duty on his leg who is presently receiving treatment in one of the hospitals. The other policeman who was also on duty escaped before the bandits gained complete access to the school.
Abubakar further added that the bandits later proceeded to the staff quarters where they abducted the wife of one of the workers but later released her while they went away with their child.
According to him, the situation was however brought under control when soldiers of the Nigerian Army stationed in Kankara came and engaged the bandits in a gun duel, forcing them to abort their operations and flee to the nearby bush with the abducted victims due to the superior firepower of the military.
The principal said the school management is presently conducting a headcount among the students to ascertain the exact number that was abducted during the attack.
As at the time of filing this report, there has not been an official statement from the state Police Command concerning the incident.