Kagara Mass School Abduction – Niger State
Reports from the north-central Nigerian state of Niger
Reports from the north-central Nigerian state of Niger say gunmen have abducted a number of students and staff from a boarding secondary school. Officials say the school has hundreds of students but they are still conducting a headcount to determine the exact number of those abducted.
The gunmen stormed Government Science Secondary School Kagara in Niger state after midnight as the students slept in their dormitories. The attackers are said to have seized a number of them, as others were able to escape. The school principal said there were 600 students in the boys’ secondary school and that many of those who fled have returned after the attack.
A headcount is underway to establish the exact number of those abducted. Officials say four staff and their family members are among those kidnapped. It’s not clear who carried out the latest attack and their motive. But Niger is one of the states in the country that is dealing with rampant kidnapping for ransom by armed criminal gangs.
On Monday about 20 people were abducted as they travelled from a wedding ceremony in a bus operated by the state government transport agency.
And in December more than 300 schoolboys were abducted in the town of Kankara in the northwestern state of Katsina. They were later released following negotiations with the gunmen