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#KagaraAbduction: Nigerian Forces Launch Ground And Air Operation To Rescue Abducted Students

Nigeria security forces have started a rescue operation for abducted students in Kagara, Niger state, Northcentral Nigeria.

The Nigerian military and sister security services Wednesday launched an operation to rescue students abducted from a Government Science College in Niger State, Northcentral Nigeria.

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has directed the Armed Forces and Police to ensure the captives’ immediate and safe return.

HumAngle understands that aerial surveillance aircraft and ground forces are expected to be part of the operations.

Security chiefs have been dispatched to Minna, the capital of Niger State, to meet state officials and coordinate the rescue operation.

Suspected terrorists early Wednesday morning abducted the students after invading the school.

According to Niger State Government 27 students, some staff and members of their families were abducted.

The armed assailants assembled staff and students before they were moved to an unknown location.

The school principal informed BBC Hausa Service that about 600 boys were in the school located in Kagara town in Niger state.

According to the principal, many of them escaped and returned to the school after the attack.

Kagara is close to the volatile Birnin Gwari area in Kaduna State, where terror gangs target civilians and security forces.

Northwestern Nigeria has become an epicentre of kidnapping for ransom and revenge with motorcycle gangs terrorising communities and commuters.

The violence in the region has killed over 8,000 people since 2011 and displaced over 200,000, into neighbouring Niger.

Although the military continues to target these armed groups in airstrikes and ground assault operations, some state governors have also initiated a dialogue approach to end the violence.

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