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BREAKING: Nigerian Army rescues 180 abducted students of Kaduna college, many still missing

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Troops of the Nigerian Army in the early hours of today, Friday, rescued 180 citizens, many of them are students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

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The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the rescue in a statement on Friday.

According to the statement, the armed bandits in large numbers had attacked the institution at around 11:30pm on Thursday and kidnapped several students and staff.

Kidnapped students of Kaduna college rescued by the Nigerian Army
Kidnapped students of Kaduna college rescued by the Nigerian Army

Kidnapped students of Kaduna college rescued by the Nigerian Army
Kidnapped students of Kaduna college rescued by the Nigerian Army

Kidnapped students of Kaduna college rescued by the Nigerian Army
Kidnapped students of Kaduna college rescued by the Nigerian Army

Kidnapped students of Kaduna college rescued by the Nigerian Army
Kidnapped students of Kaduna college rescued by the Nigerian Army

The armed bandits broke into the institution by breaching a perimeter fence. They then encroached about 600 meters to attack the first facility.

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The Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs 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.

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.

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Some of the rescued students were injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.

Receiving the report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai thanked the troops for their swift response and the rescue of the 180 citizens. He also wished the injured students a speedy recovery.

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As at the time of this update, a combined team of Army, Air Force, Police and DSS troops are conducting an operation to track the missing students.

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