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Troops rescue 172 kidnapped Kaduna students, 30 still unaccounted for

Nigerian Army have rescued 180 citizens abducted by gunmen from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement, adding that those who were rescued are 42 female students, 130 male students and eight staff.

According to the statement about 30 students, a mix of males and females, are yet to be accounted for.

Aruwan did add that a combined team of Army, Air Force, Police and DSS troops are conducting an operation to track the missing students.

The statement said, “Troops of the Nigerian Army in the early hours of today, Friday, 12th March 2021 rescued 180 citizens, many of them students, at the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi local government area of Kaduna State.

“The armed bandits in large numbers had attacked the institution at around 11:30 pm on Thursday and kidnapped several students and staff.

“The armed bandits broke into the institution by breaching a perimeter fence. They then encroached about 600 meters to attack the first facility.

“The Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, on receiving a distress call, alerted the 1 Division Nigerian Army and the Air Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force.

“Troops of the Nigerian Army immediately moved to the school and engaged the armed bandits accordingly.

“The troops successfully rescued 180 citizens; 42 female students, eight staff and 130 male students. However, about 30 students, a mix of males and females, are yet to be accounted for.

“Some of the rescued students were injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.

“Pictures of some of the rescued persons, and the broken perimeter fence, are attached to this update.”

The state governor thanked the Nigerian Amry for the swift response in rescuing the students while wishing the injured students a speedy recovery.

“Receiving the report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai thanked the troops for their swift response and the rescue of the 180 citizens. He also wished the injured students a speedy recovery.

“As at the time of this update, a combined team of Army, Air Force, Police and DSS troops are conducting an operation to track the missing students.

“Citizens will be updated on emerging developments.”

 

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