The attack that took place at the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, in the early hours of Saturday 12 December, was reported by the Katsina State Police Command. A statement provided by SP Gambo Isah, the command spokesman, said 200 of the students had returned to campus.
“On Friday around 11:30 p.m., gunmen in their numbers attacked the school with dangerous weapons.
They began to shoot and engaged our men guarding the school in a duel. That gave some students an opportunity to jump over the fence and run into the town for safety. The gunmen also shot one of the security guards at the gate who is presently responding to treatment.
The Divisional Police Office in Kankara quickly mobilised security personnel and moved to the area with Armoured Personnel Carrier and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel, forcing the gunmen to retreat.
More than 200 students who jumped over the school fence into the town to hide have returned” he said
Isah said the police and school officials worked closely to figure out the precise number of unreturned pupils.
“We cannot say that some students have been kidnapped because we believe they are still coming back from their hiding places,” he said.
Journalist Jaafar Jaafar, meanwhile, claims 600 students are reportedly absent from school after the attack.