The abducted students of Islammiyya have been reportedly rescued by the combined effort of the police and the community vigilante.
According to reports, the Islamic students were abducted on their way home after gracing a maulud procession at Unguwar Al-Kasim, a nearby village.
The fresh attack came barely two days after over 300 students of Government Secondary School in Kankara Local Government Area of the state were released by bandits.
Sagir told Vanguard that “the students were in hundreds. They went to attend Maulud celebration in the neighbouring village. You know the tradition is during the Maulud celebration, the students reciprocate the gestures and often attend neighbouring villages celebration. So it was on their way returning around Unguwa Babban Audu when they ran into the bandits who have just finished attack from a village. They kidnapped some persons from the village and now joined the children among those the kidnap victims.
“So calls were put across to the neighbouring villages on the fresh attack which led all the people and vigilantes to come out and put the bandits in middle. And the victims were rescued. The rustled livestock too were rescued.
“After they were rescued by the local vigilantes, they slept in the bush and it was this morning that they returned home.”
Gambo Isah, the police spokesperson in a statement on Sunday, confirmed the incident and said the students were rescued by a combined team of policemen and local vigilante groups in the area.
He said, “At about 2200hrs on Saturday, a distress call was received by DPO Dandume, that some Islammiyya Students of Hizburrahim Islammiyya, Mahuta village, Dandume LGA of Katsina state, numbering about Eighty (80), while on their way back from Maulud occasion celebrated at Unguwan Alkasim village, Dandume to Mahuta village, were accosted by bandits who had already kidnapped four(4) persons and rustled twelve (12) cows from Danbaure village, Funtua LGA, trying to escape into the forest.
“On receipt of the report, the DPO led Operations “Puff Adder, Sharan Daji, and Vigilante group to the area and engaged the bandits into a fierce gun duel.
“Subsequently, the teams succeeded in dislodging the bandits and rescued all the eighty-four (84) kidnapped victims and recovered all the twelve rustled cows. Search parties are still combing the area with a view of arresting the injured bandits and/or recovery of their dead bodies.
“Investigation is ongoing,” SP Isah however stated. Meanwhile, the incident is coming barely hours after the release of the 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara kidnapped by the bandits penultimate Friday.
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