Troops rescue 180 abducted students, staff in Kaduna.

Some of the rescued staff and students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization

The military in the early hours of Friday has rescued 180 citizens, many of them students, at the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi local government area of Kaduna State.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan said
the armed bandits in large numbers attacked the institution at around 11:30 pm on Thursday and kidnapped several students and staff.

According to the statement, the armed bandits broke into the institution by breaching a perimeter fence and then encroached about 600 meters to attack the first facility.

Mr Aruwan said 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.

He explained that the 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.

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.

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