Nigerian troops have foiled an attempt by armed bandits to kidnap students of the Turkish International Secondary School in Kaduna State on Friday, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, Director of Army Public Relations, disclosed in a statement.
Acting on a tip-off on the looming abduction of the school children in the Rigachikun area of the state, troops from Quick Response Force of 1 Division of the army quickly mobilised to protect the school from the bandits.
According to the army spokesman, while the troops were securing the school, they received another distress call that bandits had stormed the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Afaka.
He said the soldiers immediately moved to the scene in the Igabi Local Government Area of the state and decisively engaged the armed bandits to prevent them from kidnapping the staff and students of the school.
“Following the firefight, troops were able to rescue 180 persons, comprising of 132 male students, 40 female students, and eight civilian staff.
“The bandits were said to have broken into the institution by breaching the perimeter fence of the school.”
The rescued students have been evacuated to a safe place while the injured were taken to a military facility for medical attention, the statement said.
After the attack on the college, the Kaduna State government said a total of 39 students were yet to be accounted for.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, expalined that 23 female and 16 male students were still missing.