Armed bandits in the early hour of Wednesday invaded Government Science College Kagara in Rafi local government area of the Niger State and abducted several students from their hostels.

One of the students who were trying to escape during the invasion was shot dead on the spot by the bandits who arrived the School at about 2:15am, according to one of the Teachers who escaped the attack.

The bandits also went away with an unspecified number of teachers, their wives and children from the staff quarters behind the School.

The science School Kagara which is in a state of dilapidation, is situated about 500 meters from the local government Secretariat along Kagara-Tegina road with all it parameters fence broken down, begging for repair.

Although details of the attack which lasted till about 3:00am was still very sketchy as the police or the state government was yet to make any official statement on the incident as the time of this report, it was gathered that all the victims were evacuated out of the school in about four buses while others were matched into the bush.

The latest abduction came less than three months after gunmen abducted hundreds of students of Government Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State. The Katsina students were later freed after negotiations.

Niger, Katsina and many other states in North-west and North-central Nigeria have increasingly been targeted by “bandits” who kidnap for ransom, rape and pillage.

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