Nigerian authorities step up rescue efforts to free 333 students from gunmen

Abuja: Authorities in Nigeria have mounted efforts to rescue students taken hostage by armed men who raided their hostels recently.

UN children’s agency UNICEF condemned the assault on students.

Media reports said gunmen on bikes stormed the government science school at Kankara late on Friday and engaged security forces in a fierce gun battle.

Soldiers were working to locate and free the hostages, governor Aminu Bello Masari, who visited the school on Saturday, said.

An 18-year-old student told news agencies over phone that there were a total of 520 of us that were taken by the gunmen from the school.

He said after taking as hostage a headcount was on and they are 520 in total.