Gunmen abduct 3 Catholic seminarians in Nigeria’s northwest

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Bandits in picture. At least 20 people were killed in Nigeria's Sokoto state when gunmen attacked a market and torched cars. GETTYIMAGES

Gunmen seized three student priests from a Catholic seminary in Nigeria’s northwest Kaduna state, police and school authorities said Tuesday.

The assailants stormed the Christ The King Major Seminary late Monday night and opened fire at the cafeteria where five of the students were sitting after dinner, according to the Rev. Joseph Hayab, chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

“Before they (the students) knew it, these gunmen came, surrounded them and picked them. It was later that they released two and went away with three,” Hayab said.

Police spokesman Mohammad Jalige told AP that security forces have been deployed “to comb the nearby bushes” and try to rescue the three seminarians abducted.

Six seminarians were injured in the attack, according to school officials.

The school is located in the St. Albert Institute For Higher Education which mostly houses seminarians preparing for the Catholic priesthood. The three students taken captive are in their fourth and final year of classes before becoming priests.

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