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#Kankaraschoolboys: Northern Group Says Will Trek To Daura Over Students’ Abduction

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) on Monday said its Katsina State chapter would trek to Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari in protest against the abduction of at least 333 students of Government Science Secondary School (GSSS), Kankara, Katsina State, Northwest Nigeria by terrorists.

Bandits  stormed the school on Friday night and abducted the students after a gun duel with the police. 

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in the state on Friday hours before the abduction took place.

Under the banner of the #Bringbackourboys campaign, the CNG Spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the members of the group would storm the president’s residence and remain at the place till the 333 missing students were rescued. 

Suleiman said the group was pained by the nonstop attacks by terrorists on northern communities. 

Meanwhile, an anonymous source on Monday told newsmen that the attack on the school was a reprisal attack.

“Before the recent abduction of the students, the bandits killed 12 villagers at Yar-Kuka and abducted some residents.

“On Thursday, a vigilante group emerged and attacked the bandits in their hideouts, killed some and burnt down their huts into ashes,” the source said.

The source said as a result of the attack by the vigilante group, the bandits abducted the students.

“The bandits were shooting sporadically into the air to create a pandemonium, while they scaled and smashed the school gate and windows,” the source said.

The source also disclosed that the bandits gathered the students and moved them to Pauwa Village.

In a statement on Saturday, the presidency said the military had located the hideouts of the bandits while trying to rescue the students.

The Minister of Defence,  retired Maj.- Gen. Bashir Magashi, has given an assurance that the students would be rescued in good condition after leading a  Federal Government delegation which included Service Chiefs to Katsina State.

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