A whole bunch of scholars are feared lacking after gunmen raided a secondary faculty in north-western Nigeria.
The attackers arrived on motorbikes and began taking pictures into the air, inflicting individuals to flee, witnesses mentioned.
They focused the Authorities Science Secondary College – the place greater than 800 college students are mentioned to reside – in Katsina state on Friday night.
On Saturday, the army mentioned it had positioned the gunmen’s hideout in a forest and exchanged gunfire with them.
The end result was unclear however officers mentioned there have been no stories of scholars being injured.
In the meantime, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the assault and ordered the varsity to hold out a full audit of scholars to learn the way many are lacking. Mother and father who dashed to the varsity to take their youngsters house have been additionally requested to inform the varsity authorities.
Residents residing close to the all-boys boarding faculty within the Kankara space informed the BBC they heard gunfire at about 23:00 (22:00 GMT) on Friday, and that the assault lasted for greater than an hour.
Safety personnel on the faculty managed to repel a number of the attackers earlier than police reinforcements arrived, officers mentioned.
In an announcement on Saturday, police mentioned that in an alternate of fireplace, a number of the gunmen have been compelled to retreat. College students have been in a position to scale the fence of the varsity and run to security, they mentioned.
About 200 college students who had fled – and have been initially deemed lacking – later returned. Nevertheless, witnesses mentioned they noticed quite a few college students being taken away by the gunmen.