One student killed, 10 others abducted in raid on school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state

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TOPSHOT - Nigerian soldiers and police officers stand at the entrance of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Mando, Kaduna state, on March 12, 2021, after a kidnap gang stormed the school shooting indiscriminately before taking at least 30 students around 9:30pm (2030 GMT) on March 11, 2021. - Gunmen raided a college in northwestern Nigeria and kidnapped at least 30 students, government officials and parents said on March 12, 2021, in the latest mass abduction targeting a school. (Photo by Bosan Yakusak / AFP) (Photo by BOSAN YAKUSAK/AFP via Getty Images)

One student was killed and at least 10 other people were kidnapped following an attack on a school in Nigeria’s restive northwest state of Kaduna late on Thursday.

According to the state commissioner of internal security, Samuel Aruwan, the armed men attacked the main campus of the Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic in Zaria. The attackers fired shots randomly and kidnapped two lecturers and eight students.

Armed groups have constantly targeted schools and universities in northwest Nigeria, particularly since December, abducting more than 700 students for ransom. The failure of security forces to crack down on kidnapping gangs has sparked protests against perceived government inaction.

This is a developing story. More updates to follow…

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