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Gunmen have abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanism in Mando area of Kaduna,

The number of students abducted is still unknown but journalists have contacted state security commissioner Samuel Aruwan who said he was currently at the school and was investigating the matter.

A student at the school told the BBC that during the night the attackers entered the school.

She said almost half of the female students were taken to school and not a single male student was taken.

But neither the government nor the security forces have confirmed this.

A resident of Mando area in Kaduna State said they heard gunshots around 11:30 pm but thought it was at the NDA Military Academy.

“Sometimes in the NDA they shoot at night since it is a military school, so we thought about what was going on. It wasn’t until the next morning that we went out to pray and we found out what had happened,” he said.

The man explained that so far security officers have surrounded the school and the rest of the unaccompanied students have been evacuated to the NDA school.

BBC journalist Yusuf Tijjani, who went to the school, confirmed seeing security guards at the school and parents huddled in front of the school.

He said the remaining students who have not been abducted are being counted.

He said some security officers had seen bullets in the school and were investigating.

He said there were about 300 students at the school but there was still no certainty on how many students had been abducted.

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