Gunmen suspected to be bandits on Friday night invaded Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State and abducted unknown number of students.
This incident happened a few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in his home state of Katsina for a week-long private visit.
It was gathered that the gunmen invaded the school about 10.15 p.m and shot at one of the policemen manning the main gate of the school.
One of the policemen, who was said to have been injured on the leg, is currently receiving treatment at a hospital in the town.
It was learnt that the bandits proceeded to the staff quarters where they abducted the wife of an employee before they stormed the students’ hostel and abducted unspecified number of students.
Military sources disclosed that troops of the Nigerian Army later arrived at the school to confront the bandits, adding that the bandits absconded with some of the students in the process.
Some of the students were also said to have escaped from the school during the gun duel between the troops and the bandits.
The spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident in a statement on Saturday but could not disclose the exact number of students abducted.
“We are still taking the headcount of the students. Maybe no student was even abducted as some of the students had to escape from the school during the gun duel. So, I cannot give you the exact number of students actually abducted for now,” he said.
It was also learnt that parents of wards have been trooping to the school to know the fate of their children.