Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued six of the 24 students of the Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State, abducted by gunmen on Friday morning.
Bandits in their large numbers had invaded three of the school’s hostels, forced their way into the rooms through windows and abducted 24 students.
Military personnel were also said to have engaged the attackers in a gun battle, before they escaped with their victims.
But a top military source close to the Commander of 1 Brigade Nigerian Army, Gusau, confirmed to Channels TV that six of the students had been rescued.
The source said that the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Sani Ahmed, was leading the operation with other security agencies in the forest along Tsafe Local Government Area (LGA) of the state to rescue the remaining victims.
He added that several bandits were neutralised and weapons recovered during the operation.