May 12, 2021

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Students feared kidnapped as bandits invade Katsina school

600 students feared kidnapped as bandits invade Katsina school in #Nigeria.

Following an attack by armed bandits of Friday night, not fewer than600 out of 800 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State are missing.

Reports has it that for years, Kankara town has been a target of kidnapping and banditry.

A schoolteacher who spoke to DAILY NIGERIA reporter on the condition of anonymity said the bandits launched the attack shortly after prep at 9:30pm.

“They started shooting sporadically in the air causing commotion and stampede before scaling over the fence and breaking the gate” He said.

“The school has over 800 students, with the exception of JS3 and SS3 students who are now out of school”. He explained.

He said so far 600 students are yet to return to the school several hours after the attack. “We are still hoping that some of them might return.

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We believe some of them fled the attack and ran into the bush,” he said.

The teacher said the bandits, after gathering the students in one place, shepherded them towards Pauwa village, where they kept dozens of motorcycles.

In an interview with the BBC, the spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, DSP Gambo Isa, confirmed the attack, saying a policeman sustained gun injury when their men engaged the bandits.

DSP Gambo ISa said the police have beefed up security around the area to forestall future recurrence and restore normalcy.

When will this really come to a stop?

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