A yet-to-be-ascertained number of the Federal University of Gusau students in Zamfara State were kidnapped in the wee hours of Friday.
Reports say bandits in large numbers trooped into Sabon-Gida community of the Bungudu Local Government area where the school was located and launched their attack at around three in the morning.
A resident of Sabon-Gida, Nazeer Sabon-Gida told Channels Television that the gunmen shot sporadically before attacking three students’ hostels where they took several hostages.
“They entered the town around 3 a.m. and started shooting indiscriminately,” he said.
“We have yet to confirm the number of students kidnapped because the bandits entered three hostels and kidnapped all the students there. It is difficult to ascertain their numbers now.”
Another source revealed that though there was a battle with the military, the bandits still took the students.
“They were seriously engaged with the army troops but the way these bandits operate, they will divide themselves into two, one group will move with the kidnapped victims while the other will stay behind to protect the first group.
“The first group had left with the students while the second group engaged the army in a gun duel.”
Reports further revealed that the area is not new to banditry as the gunmen routinely kidnap students from the university and this led to a protest by the students in June.
AllNews Nigeria reached out to the state Police Public Relations Officer but he did not answer the phone.