Gunmen attack Nigerian school, kidnap students, five teachers: police

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Men of the Nigerian Police force, during the Protest in Lagos, Nigeria , Nigeria against the Refusal Of Nigerian Government To Release Sowore. Members of Rights Activist on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, Protesting in Lagos, Nigeria against the Refusal Of Nigerian Government To Release Sowore. The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, granted bail to the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, and co-defendant, Olawale Bakare. The court barred Sowore from travelling out of Abuja and the second defendant out of Osogbo, during the trial, She granted bail to Sowore in the sum of N100m with two sureties in like sum.(Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Unknown gunmen on Thursday attacked a secondary school in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Kebbi, killed one policeman and abducted an unspecified number of students and five teachers, according to the police.

FILE PHOTO: Members of the Nigerian Police force during a past event. (Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Nafiu Abubakar, a spokesman for the police in Kebbi, told Xinhua on telephone that a group of gunmen emerged from a nearby forest and attacked the Federal Government College in Birnin Yauri area of the state on Thursday, and engaged in a gunfight with several policemen guarding the school.

“There was gunfire between the gunmen and policemen who attempted to repel the attack. It was in the gunfight that we lost a policeman and some student sustained injuries,” Abubakar said.

He said an unspecified number of students and five teachers were taken away by the gunmen after the attack.

“Five teachers have been taken away, four male and one female, but the number of students abducted are not known yet,” he said.

A series of gunmen attacks recently happened in the northern part of the most populous African country, including attacks on schools and the kidnapping of students.

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