Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 180 persons, many of them students, abducted Thursday night by terrorists at the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, the Kaduna State Government has said.
Samuel Aruwan, the State Commissioner For internal Security and Home Affairs, confirmed the abduction and rescue, Friday morning.
But he said about 30 of the students are yet to be accounted for while security forces have continued with the rescue operations.
“The troops successfully rescued 180 citizens; 42 female students, eight staff and 130 male students. However, about 30 students, a mix of males and females, are yet to be accounted for,” the Commissioner said.
The terrorists, Aruwan said in a statement, had, in a large number, attacked the institution at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and kidnapped several students and staff.
“The armed bandits broke into the institution by breaching a perimeter fence,” he said, continuing, “They then encroached about 600 meters to attack the first facility.”
He said his ministry, on receiving a distress call, alerted the 1 Division Nigerian Army, and the Air Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force.
Troops of the Nigerian Army immediately moved to the school and engaged the armed bandits accordingly, Aruwan said.
Some of the rescued students, according to him, were injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.
He said Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State thanked the troops for their swift response and the rescue of the abducted 180 persons.
As of the time of this update, a combined team of Army, Air Force, Police and DSS troops are conducting an operation to track the remaining missing students.
Citizens will be updated on emerging developments, the Commissioner said.