Abuja, Nigerian police said on Sunday 80 students of a local Islamic school were rescued after their abduction by suspected bandits in the northwestern state of Katsina.
State police spokesperson Gambo Isah said in a statement that security operatives on late Saturday rescued 80 abducted pupils of Hizburrahim Islamiyya, an Islamic school in Mahuta, located in the Dandume area of the state.
They were kidnapped by a group of gunmen on their way back from an occasion celebrated at a nearby town on Saturday, Isah said, adding their abductors accosted them and tried to proceed to a forest when security operatives engaged them.
After a gun duel with the gunmen, security operatives rescued all the kidnapped students and four other persons who were earlier held by the gunmen from Danbaure village, near the Funtua area of the state, he said.
Source: Saudi Press Agency