School stormed by bandits in Nigeria, pupils and staff members kidnapped

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Gunmen believed to be members of a criminal gang stormed a school in central Nigeria, the Government Science College (GSC) in the town of Kagara in Niger state. Wearing military clothes according to residents, they stormed the Government Science Secondary School Kagara at around 2am on Wednesday, One student was killed. dozens of other pupils, teachers and relatives were kidnapped. 650 students had been in the school when it was attacked. The number of students and staff members kidnapped by the assailants from the boarding facility housing hundreds of schoolchildren is still unknown. Residents of the community were on high alert. President Muhammadu Buhari ordered security forces to coordinate a rescue operation, his office said.

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Only two months ago, more than 300 students were kidnapped from a school in Kankara, in nearby Katsina state. Troops with air support were tracking the bandits. The state governor on Wednesday ordered the closure of all boarding schools in areas at risk from bandit attacks.The region is increasingly a hub for criminal gangs who raid villages, killing and abducting residents after looting and torching homes. The gangs are largely driven by financial motives and have no known ideological leanings.