Distressed Parents of Kidnapped students await for news of their children at a Nigerian school from the Northwest of Nigeria.
Several of them gathered infront of the Bethel Baptist High School premises as news of the kidnapping broke on Monday afternoon.
Some unknown Gunmen stormed the Bethel Baptist High School in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state in Nigeria’s northwest.
The assassins opened fire and engulfed security guards after storming the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna state in the early hours of Monday, kidnapping a great number of boarding people over there.
They kidnapped over 140 students in the early hours, 24 students escaped and police confirmed rescuing 26 students to safety including a teacher from the school.
A school official said ,the latest in a wave of mass abductions targeting school children and students in Africa’s most populous nation has become rampant.
Kaduna state police spokesman Muhammed Jalige confirmed the attack but could not give details on the number of pupils taken. Stating that tactical police teams went after the kidnappers and they are still on the rescue mission.
Heavily armed criminal gangs in northwest and central Nigeria often attack villages to loot, steal cattle and abduct for ransom.
However, since the beginning of the year they have increasingly targeted schools and colleges in some states in Nigeria.
Over 1,000 students and pupils have been kidnapped in Nigeria since December. Most of them have been released after negotiations with local officials, although some are still being held.
Gangs targeting rural schools and colleges has been often off late where students stay in dormitories and where security is not heavy allowing them to easily transport large numbers of victims to forest hideouts to negotiate ransoms.