More kidnapped students rescued in northern Nigerian state
Abuja, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Members of Nigerian security forces rescued more than 80 students from an Islamic school who were kidnapped on Saturday in the northern state of Katsina, police said.
The students were quickly saved after an intense shootout between the joint force the police and self-defense militiamen with the criminals, who held four other citizens hostage and had stolen a dozen cows when they ran into the students, the source said.
The frustrated kidnapping occurred just two days after the release of 344 students in the same area; such incidents point at a state of insecurity in the northern region of the country.
Gambo Isa, a spokesman for the Katsina State Police, provided details of the rescue.
'The teams were successful in expelling the bandits and rescuing the 84 kidnapping victims and recovering the 12 stolen cows,' the spokesperson said in a statement, adding that 'Search parties continue to comb the area to arrest the bandits injured and/or recover their bodies.'
The attack on Saturday night occurred in Dandume, about 64 kilometers from the place of the previous massive kidnapping, and located on the border with the state of Kaduna, as well as an area highly affected by robberies and kidnappings, according to its settlers.
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