Troops of Quick Response Force of 1 Division, Nigerian Army, on Friday, foiled an attempt by bandits to abduct students of Turkish International Secondary School, located in Rigachikun, Kaduna State.
Security Watch Africa gathered that intelligence had filtered to troops on the impending attack and troops quickly mobilised to protect the school from bandits.
A statement on the kidnap attempt, signed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima stated that while the troops were securing the Secondary School, another distress call came that bandits had stormed the Federal School of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area of the state with aim of kidnapping the staff and students.
Yerima said the troops swiftly moved to Afaka and decisively engaged the armed bandits, rescuing 180 persons, comprising of 132 male students, 40 female students and 8 civilian staff.
“ The bandits were said to have broken into the institution by breaching the perimeter fence of the school. The rescued students have been evacuated to a safe place while the injured are presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.
“ Meanwhile combined team of Army, Air Force, Police and DSS are currently combining the forest in pursuit of the bandits.”