Students and academics had been kidnapped from a school in Niger state, Nigerian officers confirmed on Wednesday.
Colleges have turn into common targets for militant teams in Nigeria in addition to legal gangs in search of ransom cash.
What we all know to this point
The early-morning attack happened on the Authorities Science Faculty in the city of Kagara in Niger state.
At the least one scholar is believed to have been killed after gunmen opened fireplace on the school, sources advised information broadcaster “Channels” and the Management newspaper.
An actual variety of students detained is just not identified. An estimated 1,000 kids attend the school.
A number of academics had been additionally kidnapped.
The students had been herded by the attackers into a close-by forest, AFP reported.
What have officers mentioned?
President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the kidnapping and ordered a rescue operation.
“The President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to make sure speedy and protected return of all of the captives,” his spokesman Garba Shehu mentioned in a press release.
Buhari additionally urged safety forces “to do all that may be accomplished to convey an finish to this saga, and keep away from such cowardly assaults on colleges in the longer term.”
The assertion mentioned the complete variety of students and workers who had been kidnapped was not but identified.
What do we all know in regards to the kidnappers?
The abductors and their motives weren’t instantly clear. Nigerian officers haven’t but publicly launched particulars.
The attackers appeared in “large numbers” on the school in the early hours of Wednesday morning, sporting army uniforms.
Though investigations are ongoing, an official who requested anonymity advised AFP the gunmen are believed to belong to a legal gang.
Legal gangs, referred to domestically as “bandits,” have more and more been concerned in kidnappings, rape and different crimes throughout central and northern Nigeria.
The gangs are pushed by monetary motives — kidnapping kids and others and holding them for ransom.
The Islamist group Boko Haram in addition to a department of the militant “Islamic State” (IS) group have additionally carried out mass kidnappings in the previous in northern Nigeria.
In December final 12 months, an armed group kidnapped 344 schoolboys from their school in the northwestern Katsina state.
They had been launched shortly after the kidnapping and returned to their households.
In 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped over 270 schoolgirls from the city of Chibok. Round 100 stay lacking.