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Another Kaduna school under attack as bandits kidnap scores of students

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in the early hours of Monday invaded Bethel Secondary School, Maramara in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, kidnapping unspecified numbers of students.

Sources said that the hoodlums stormed the school premises, located in the outskirts of the metropolis, around 1:00 am, shooting indiscriminately and made away with scores of students.

Although there was no official confirmation of the attack yet, the source said security operatives had cordoned off the school.

Kaduna state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Joseph Hayab, a Revered confirmed the incident and said his son who is also a student in the school, was among some of those who narrowly escaped the bandits.

He said many of the students were missing, explaining that it is not possible to determine the number of those abducted until those who probably ran into hiding are back and a census of the students is taken.

He however said many of the students were believed to have been abducted.

“We cannot give the exact figure of those abducted for now, until those who ran into the hills for safety are back and a census of the students is taken,  but we know they took a lot of students.

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“I am just speechless, I don’t know what to say! My son was among the students who narrowly escaped.

“I am part of this unfortunate incident because it is my church. This is a very, very sad situation for us.

“I was informed that bandits invaded the school around 2 am.

“They have just started the NECO exam and see what we are going through”, Hayab said.

Mohammad Jalige, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, did not respond to telephone calls when contacted.

The latest attack on the school came less than 24 hours after bandits, in the early hours of Sunday raided the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre, Zaria, abducted seven people, including a nursing mother.

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