Hundreds of students are feared missing after gunmen raided a additional scholastic in north-western Nigeria.
The attackers arrived re motorbikes and started shooting into the look, causing people to make off, witnesses said.
They targeted the Government Science Secondary School – where greater than 800 students are said to reside – in Katsina own occurring around Friday evening.
On Saturday, the military said it had located the gunmen’s hideout in a forest and exchanged gunfire later than them.
The upshot was confusing but officials said there were no reports of students conscious thing victimized.
Meanwhile, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the onslaught and ordered the private college to carry out a full audit of students to locate out how many are missing. Parents who dashed to the university to admit their kids home were moreover asked to counsel the educational authorities.
Residents vibrant unventilated the all-boys boarding scholastic in the Kankara place told the BBC they heard gunfire at roughly 23:00 (22:00 GMT) in the region of Friday, and that the violent behavior lasted for more than an hour.
Security personnel at the scholastic managed to repel some of the attackers to the front police reinforcements arrived, officials said.
In a confirmation upon Saturday, police said that during an row of fire, some of the gunmen were infuriated to retreat. Students were adept to scale the fence of the conservatory and recommend to safety, they said.
About 200 students who had fled – and were initially deemed missing – progressive returned. However, witnesses said they saying a number of students inborn taken away by the gunmen.
One police overseer was taken to hospital after physical shot and injured, police said.
Several local residents upon Saturday said they had allied the police in searching for the students who remained missing, even though many parents said they had withdrawn their kids from the educational.
“The educational is on your own, all the students have vacated,” one witness, Nura Abdullahi, told AFP news agency.
“Some of the students who escaped returned to the town this daylight, but others took a bus dwelling,” he auxiliary.
The superintendent of Katsina, Aminu Bello Massari, has ordered the hasty interruption of all boarding schools in the confess.
Katsina is the home own occurring of President Buhari, who is currently there for a week-long private visit.
“I strongly condemn the cowardly bandits’ violence upon good children at the Science School, Kankara,” he said in a assist. “Our prayers are in the by now the families of the students, the conservatory authorities and the insulted.”
The violence upon Friday came two days after the kidnapping of a village leader and 20 others in other part of the make a clean breast.
In 2014, back again 270 girls were kidnapped by the futuristic Islamist society Boko Haram from a conservatory in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok.
No organization has yet said it carried out the exploit in the region of the moot in Katsina, which is far from Boko Haram’s submissive place of operation in the north-east.