KADUNA, Nigeria – Unidentified gunmen killed a student in an overnight attack on a boarding school in north-central Nigeria on Wednesday, witnesses said and the regional government said 27 others including some staff and relatives were kidnapped.
The assailants stormed the Government Science secondary school in the Kagara district of Niger state at around 2 am, overwhelming the school’s security detail, according to local residents.
One student was killed in the attack, teacher Aliyu Isa and a pupil at the school told local TV news station Channels. Another teacher, who did not want to be named, also told Reuters that one student was killed.
“It was only one that was killed,” Isa told Channels. He said the abductors were dressed in army uniforms and shooting as they broke into the school. “They were telling the students not to run,” added Isa, who said he and others fled in the confusion while the gunmen rounded up some of the pupils.