Suspected terrorists abduct ’24 students’ in Zamfara state

Suspected terrorists have abducted 24 students of the Federal University Gusau when their hostels were attacked on Friday morning, but sources said six of the victims have been rescued by soldiers of the 1 Brigade Nigerian Army, Gusau as at the time of this report

Penpushing reports that a source identified as Abdulmalik who disclosed that the bandits attacked three female hostels said his sister who lives in the hostels narrowly escaped, adding that the gunmen struck at about 3am

‘My sister told us the bandits came to Sabon Gida around 3 a.m. and began shooting in the air. After they dispersed some of the local watchmen, they began house to house search for the students. In the house my sister stays, only two of them were not abducted. We’ve gathered that 24 of them are so far abducted but they could be more than that’, he said.

Penpushing further reports that Abdulmalik explained that the bandits blocked the Gusau-Funtua highway during the operation, while some of them(terrorists) were also stationed a few metres from the university’s main gate.

The university spokesperson, Umar Usman, as at the time of filing this report was yet to make any official statement, but the Zamfara State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Yazeed Abubakar, confirmed the incident.

Penpushing also reports that the police spokesperson, however, could not established number of the abducted students, as at the time of filing this report, but said an operation has been launched to rescue the victims.

The military led by the Brigade Commander, Sani Ahmed a source said has rescued six of the female students abducted, adding that some of the terrorists were shot dead, as well as number of operational motorcycles and weapons of the bandits retrieved.

Penpushing reports, that the record has it that the university host community, Sabon Gida has been facing security challenges with several students of the university abducted on different occasions

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