Gunmen attack school in north Nigeria

LAGOS, NIGERIA - MAY 01: Nigerian security forces stand guard as demonstrators march during a rally to demand government to rescue schoolgirls abducted by suspected Boko Haram militants two weeks ago, in Lagos, Nigeria on May 01, 2014. On April 14, militants stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, located on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest a known Boko Haram hideout in the restive northern state of Borno. They loaded scores of schoolgirls onto their trucks before driving away unhindered. The local authorities say 129 girls went missing that night, including 52 who have since returned. Some parents, however, claim a total of 234 schoolchildren were abducted. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAGOS, NIGERIA – MAY 01: Nigerian security forces stand guard in Lagos, Nigeria on May 01, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A group of unidentified gunmen attacked a polytechnic in Nigeria’s northern state of Kaduna, abducting a lecturer and two children, local police said Sunday.

Mohammed Jalige, a police spokesperson in Kaduna, who confirmed the incident to Xinhua on the phone, said police operatives have been deployed to secure the area, track the perpetrators and rescue the victims.

The gunmen invaded the Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic in the Zaria area of the state late into the night on Saturday, said Abdullahi Shehu, an information officer for the polytechnic, adding the victims were taken away with force.

The gunmen shot sporadically into the air to scare the students and teachers after they forced their way into the school.

The lecturer, who teaches at the School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics of the polytechnic, was later taken away from his residence to an unknown destination.

Shehu said the father of the two abducted children was injured by the gunmen and was receiving treatment at a hospital.

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