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Bandits have abducted several students of Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Kaduna state.
The armed bandits attacked the school in the early hours of Monday located in Maraban Rido, Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.
A source who spoke to Leadership Newspapers, said the bandits attacked the school at about 2am shooting sporadically into the air before kidnapping the students.
According to him, many students were kidnapped but four escaped and ran back to the school.
“Two soldiers were allegedly shot but I cannot confirm if they’re alive or not.
“It is difficult to say the number of students that were abducted. ” he said.
The police spokesperson, Muhammad Jalige, in a statement to reporters, said the incident occurred on Monday morning and 26 students of the school were rescued.
“In the early hours of today Monday 5th July, 2021 at about 0143hrs the Command received a report that armed bandits in large number had gained access into Bethel Baptist Secondary School Kujuma in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.
“They shot berserkly, overpowered the school’s security guards and made their way into the students hostel where they abducted an unspecified number of students into the forest.
“The operatives gave the bandits a hot pursuit occasioned by a tactical application of weapons and succeeded in rescuing twenty six (26) students including a female teacher safely.”
“However, the rescue operation is still ongoing to ensure that all victims are safely returned. Officers involved in the said operation are charged to ensure no stone is left unturned with a view to successfully accomplish the rescue mission since resources will be availed them without delay.
“The Command is therefore encouraging parents not to be deterred by the recent bandits’ activities in the state targeting schools and learning institutions as strategic measures will be emplaced to forestall further occurrence of such dastardly act of criminality against innocent children.