Gunmen abduct 44, mostly kids, in Nigeria

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At least 44 people, most of them children, have been abducted from a school in west-central Nigeria, a local government official says.

One pupil was killed when unknown gunmen attacked a school near the community of Kagara in Niger State on Wednesday morning, a local government spokesperson said.

Among the kidnapped were 26 pupils, three staff members and 12 family members of the school staff, the representative said.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday dispatched a rescue mission made up of armed forces and police to the area to hunt down the kidnappers and free the pupils.

The exact number of abductees still needed to be ascertained, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement.

The security forces would work in collaboration with local government officials, community leaders, the school and the parents to secure the safe return of those kidnapped, Shehu said.

The abduction comes three days after unknown gunmen kidnapped 20 people on their way home from a wedding in the same state.