Police in Zamfara say 317 students were abducted from the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe area of the state.
“The Zamfara State Police Command in collaboration with the military have commenced a joint search and rescue operations with a view to rescuing the 317 students kidnapped by the armed bandits in Government Girls Science Secondary School Jangebe,” police spokesman Mohammed Shehu said in a statement.
Located in Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of the state, the school was attacked by gunmen in the early hours of Friday.
Zamfara police commissioner Abutu Yaro, in reaction, said a joint search and rescue operation is already underway with a view to rescuing the 317 students taken hostage.
Mr Yaro said the Force commander operations Hadarin Daji, Major General Aminu Bande, Brigade Commander 1 Brigade, Nigeria Army Gusau, and state officials led a heavily armed re-enforcement team to Jangebe to complement the ongoing rescue operation in the locations where the students were believed to have been whisked to.
The commissioner called for calm, assuring that the students would be rescued.