Armed bandits have attacked Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, kidnapping hundreds of schoolgirls.
This is coming barely a week after the abduction of dozens of schoolboys in Kagara, Niger State.
Witnesses said the bandits stormed the Zamfara school, located on the outskirt Kwanar Bagare, around 1:40am after breaking the gate.
Initial reports had put the figure of the missing students at 300, but sources in the school said the number of abducted students is “about 500”.
Officials who pleaded anonymity told Newsmen on Friday morning that there were over 600 students in the school, and less than 100 schoolgirls remain in the school after the invasion.
“We took out the register this morning and made a headcount. Some students panicked and ran into town. But in the interim, we can say about 500 missing,” said the source.
No officials were abducted by the bandits, who briskly shepherded the schoolgirls into the bush.