Nigerian Navy exchanges gunfire with bandits that kidnapped students

Lisa R. Parker

On Saturday gunfire broke out amongst the Nigerian armed forces and a gang that experienced kidnapped scores of secondary college learners in northwestern Katsina the night ahead of, according to Reuters.

The kidnappers were found hiding in a close by forest by Nigerian armed service, in accordance to a assertion by President Muhammadu Buhari. In the assertion Mr. Buhari said the navy was assisted by air guidance when they commenced exchanging fire with them. A person officer was shot and wounded for the duration of the battle with the gang.

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Aljazeera claimed that kidnappers on motorcycles were being armed with AK-47s when they stormed the all-boys Governing administration Science secondary faculty in Kankara district on Friday night. Mother and father and an employee advised Reuters that out of the 800 college students enrolled in the college, close to 50 percent went lacking. At this time, police and military services are seeking to identify an exact amount of pupils who have in fact been kidnapped.

Police spokesman Gambo Isah explained in a assertion that some pupils were being authorized to get absent from the kidnappers and run for safety when law enforcement officers arrived at the scene on Friday and exchanged gunfire with the attackers.

Attacks by Islamic militants are widespread in northeastern pieces of the place. Katsina has experienced from violence at the palms of outlaws who assault locals and kidnap them for ransom.

Incessant violence and insecurity all through Nigeria has enraged citizens, in particular right after figures of farmers were killed, and some beheaded, final thirty day period by Islamist militants in Borno point out.

Mother and father and loved ones members on Sunday gathered at the faculty, issuing a plea to authorities to bring the missing boys to safety.

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“If it is not federal government that will assistance us, we have no ability to rescue our young children,” Murja Mohammed, whose son was taken, told Reuters.

In the meantime, as general public outrage about the assault grows, the hashtag #BringBackOurBoys began trending on social media in Nigeria on Sunday.

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