KANO, Nigeria

An armed group on Monday abducted teachers and students of a primary school in northwestern Nigeria, a local official said.

In a statement, Samuel Aruwan, commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs of Kaduna State, said details about the actual number of students and teachers are being gathered.

Abdulsalam Adam, a local resident, told Anadolu Agency by phone the gunmen came to Rema, a community in Birnin Gwari, on about 12 motorcycles.

“Three teachers and some pupils have been reportedly abducted but we are trying to ascertain the true situation. Right now, some volunteers have gone after the bandits,” Adam said.

“We are in the school right now, and are trying to comb the bushes around the school because some of the children ran into the bushes as the bandits ambushed the school. So, we don’t know how many people were abducted at the moment.”

The incident happened 24 hours after security forces thwarted an attempted abduction of 307 students of a government school in Ikara local government area of the state and another attack at the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) quarters in Igabi area of the state.

On Thursday night, gunmen invaded the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi area and abducted 39 students, including 23 girls.

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