Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Hundreds of students are feared missing after gunmen attacked a secondary school in Nigeria's northwestern Katsina state late on Friday (December 11).
The attackers arrived on motorbikes and started shooting in to the air, causing people to flee, witnesses said.
The gunmen targeted the Government Science Secondary School - where more than 800 students are said to reside. So far, more than 200 students have been rescued.
Security personnel at the school managed to fight off some of the attackers before police reinforcements arrived at the scene. After an hour-long gun battle with police, which left one officer with serious injuries, the gunmen reportedly left with half of the school’s 800 students. The Nigerian army and air force have started a joint operation to search for the missing students.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the raid on the school in Katsina, which is far from Boko Haram's usual area of operation in the north-east.