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Nigeria/Canadian-Media: Nigerian authorities fear that up to 400 boys of the Kankara Government Science Secondary School, an all-boys boarding school, could have been kidnapped in the northern Nigerian state of Katsina after an attack on Friday by a group of unknown armed men on motorbikes, media reports said.
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"The children have continued to return and according to report available, the number of the missing children who have returned are now 406 including the earlier ones found," Katsina Education Commissioner Badamasi Charanchi said, ANI News reported.
Some children reportedly spent the night in bushes and began returning after sunrise, while200 children were earlier found and returned by the police.
In a statement on Saturday, police said that during an exchange of fire, some of the gunmen were forced to retreat. Students were able to scale the fence of the school and run to safety, they said, BBC News reported.
In the wake of the attack a temporary closure of all boarding schools has been ordered by Katsina Governor Aminu Bello Masari and the rescued children will be sent back home.
The Katsina police said that on Saturday the military had found the attackers' hideout after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, a native of the Katsina state, called on the security forces to find and prosecute the perpetrators.