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Gunmen attack school in Niger, kidnap about 150 students


Some daredevil gunmen suspected to be bandits in the early hours of  Wednesday invaded Government Science Collage Kagara in Rafi, Niger State, abducting about 150 students from their hostels, sources say.

A student trying to escape during the invasion was shot dead on the spot by the bandits, said to be numbering about 150, who arrived at the school at about 2:15 am, according to one of the teachers who escaped the attack.

According to The Sun, The bandits also took an unspecified number of teachers, their wives and children from the staff quarters behind the school.

The science school, which is in a state of disrepair, is situated about 500 meters from the local government secretariat along Kagara-Tegina road, with all its parameters fencing broken down.

Although details of the attack which lasted until about 3:00 am remains unclear as the police and the state government are yet to give official statements on the incident at the time of this report, it was learned that the victims were evacuated from the school in about four buses while others were marched into the bush.

This latest attack comes barely 24 hours after the District Head of Kusherki in the same Rafi local government area, Alhaji Masud Abubakar, was killed and his wife abducted when bandits invaded the community in their large numbers on Tuesday morning.