On March 12, local time, Kaduna State in northern Nigeria officially confirmed that a forestry mechanization college in the state was attacked by armed men late at night on the 11th and some students were kidnapped.
In the early morning of the 12th, the Nigerian military rescued 180 students, faculty and staff from the school, and another 30 male and female students were unclear.
This is also another vicious kidnapping incident against a school in Nigeria in just half of the time.
Nigeria’s Kaduna State Commissioner for the Interior and Security Arouwan issued a statement at noon on the 12th local time saying that a large number of armed bandits broke into the Afaka Federal Forestry Mechanization Institute in the Mando region of the state at around 11:30 pm on the 11th.
Allegedly, the gunman broke through the wall of the college and broke into the campus about 600 meters, attacking the first facility on the campus.
The statement said that after receiving the distress call, the Ministry of Interior and Security of Kaduna State notified the 1st Division of the Nigerian Army and the Air Training Command of the Air Force.
The Nepalese army immediately entered the academy and fought with armed bandits. They successfully rescued 180 people, including 130 boys, 42 girls and 8 staff members. There are still about 30 male and female students unaccounted for.
Some rescued students were injured and are currently receiving treatment at a military facility.
A joint team consisting of the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Police and Kaduna State Security Department is conducting a search and rescue of the missing students.
The security situation in Nigeria has been severe for a long time. Violent incidents such as kidnapping by bandits and terrorist attacks have emerged one after another. Recently, kidnapping incidents against schools have increased significantly.
On March 2, 279 girls who were kidnapped on February 26 in a girls’ high school in Zamfara State in northwestern Nigeria were released; on February 27, 42 students, faculty and staff from a college in Niger State in central and western Nigeria were released. , Was released 10 days after being kidnapped by armed men.
On December 11 last year, 344 students from a boarding high school in Katsina State in northern Nigeria were kidnapped and released after nearly a week.
Kaduna State, Zamfara State, Niger State, and Katsina State are adjacent to each other, and they are all the hardest hit areas for kidnapping crimes by Nigerian bandits.
(Headquarters reporter Wang Xinjun)