(ThePatriotSource.com)- The parents of hundreds of school children in Katsina State In northern Nigeria still don’t know where their children are, following a tragic incident involving gunmen in a school.
More than 300 students are still missing after the attack at the Government Science Secondary School that took place on Friday night. The boys’ school was the victim of an ambush that resulted in a massive gunfight with authorities. Katsina Governor Aminu Masari confirmed that they still don’t know the whereabouts of the students after a joint rescue operation was launch by the army, air force, and Nigerian police force.
Military officers located a hideout used by the gunmen on Saturday in the Zango/Paula forest, which resulted in another gunfight between officers and the attackers.
During the school attack, police officers shot at the gunmen, which allowed many students to climb over the school fence and run to safety. Out of a school of over 600 students, several hundred are still missing, with parents telling the Associated Press of their concern and fear.
“I am worried that after three days I have no news about my children,” Salish Masi told the outlet. “I have been waiting for the authorities to tell me what happened but till now, they have said nothing.”
Boko Haram, a jihadist terrorist organization based in Nigeria, admitted over the weekend that they were behind the attack and kidnapped the children from the school. It’s one of many similar attacks and kidnappings that have taken place in Nigeria since the Islamic organization was founded in 2002.
Official Spokesperson to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Garba Shehu, said on Monday that the president received a briefing on the kidnapped children and received an assurance from Governor Aminu Bello Masari that steady progress was being made to recover the children.
“We are making progress and the outlook is positive,’’ the Governor told newsmen after an hour meeting with the President, which started at 2pm.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) December 14, 2020
“We are making progress and the outlook is positive,” the governor said.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, condemned the attack on Monday in a statement, calling for the “immediate and unconditional release” of the children.
This year alone, more than 1,100 people have been killed by bandits in Nigeria.