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One killed, 10 kidnapped in a Nigerian school raid
Reuters reported today at least one student has been killed and at least 10 were taken hostage when bandits stormed a school in northern Nigeria. The attackers raided the main building of the Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic in Zaria, Kaduna state, yesterday. So far, two teachers and eight students have been reported taken, “according to Samuel Aruwan, the state’s commissioner of internal security” (Reuters).
The report indicated two students were shot, one fatally, while the other was taken to the hospital.
Aliyu Kofa, chairman of the school’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), said two lecturers and about 10 students were kidnapped. He added that the bandits had released families of the staff, who were also initially abducted.
Currently, there has not been any demand for ransom yet.
Kidnappings by gangs , locally known as bandits, have become a common occurrence in northern Nigeria. Since December, Reuters estimates, more than 800 students have been abducted, with almost 200 occurring in this month alone.