Bauchi, Nigeria — From a school in Kebbi, northwestern Nigeria, gunmen killed police officers and kidnapped five teachers and an unknown number of students, police and locals said.
The attack is the latest in a series of mass kidnappings at schools in northwestern Nigeria, and authorities attribute it to armed bandits seeking ransom payments.
Nafiu Abbakar, a Kevi police spokesman, said a policeman was shot dead and a student was shot dead and treated during a fire exchange between police and gunners.
“We are still trying to determine the number of students kidnapped, but five teachers have been kidnapped,” Abubakar said.
The attack took place at a federal university in the remote town of Bernin Yauri. Abubakar said security forces were searching nearby forests for abducted students and teachers.
Atiku Aboki, a local inhabitant who attended school shortly after the shooting stopped, said he saw scenes of panic and turmoil while people were looking for children.
“When we got there, we saw the students crying, the teachers crying, everyone sympathizes with the people,” he said on the phone.
“Everyone was confused, then my brother called me [to say] And that his two children haven’t been seen [we] I don’t know if they were kidnapped. “
More than 800 Nigerian students have been kidnapped from school since December in a series of attacks accused by ransom authorities. Some have been released and some remain missing.
The raids are mainly in the northwest. They are separate from the Northeastern-centered Islamic rebellion, which made a global headline in 2014 when a Boko Haram militant group kidnapped more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok. ..