About 17 kidnapped students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna have been rescued by the Nigerian Police, Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalije, has said.
Intel Region had reported that gunmen attacked the Baptist school, located at Damishi town of Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State, and kidnapped scores of students.
A teacher at the school, Emmanuel Paul, told AFP that the bandits took away 165 students.
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna Chapter, Rev. John Hayab, however told NAN that as of Friday, there were 180 boarding students in the school.
NAN quoted Police PRO Jalije as saying “17 of the students have been rescued.”
Jaliye said that the exact number of students abducted by the bandits had yet to be ascertained, adding that details would be made public in due course.
“Tactical police teams went after the kidnappers,” he added. “We are still on the rescue mission.”
Hayab, who is also a member of the Baptist Church, said that so far, 26 students had returned and he was hopeful that more would escape from the bandits.
The attackers were said to have scaled a fence to break into the School in Kaduna state in the early hours of Monday.
“The kidnappers took away 140 students, only 25 students escaped. We still have no idea where the students were taken,” Emmanuel Paul, a teacher at the school told AFP.
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