The Police Command in Katsina State on Saturday confirmed an attack by gunmen on Government Science Secondary School (GSSS), Kankara, on Friday night.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the attack via a statement in Katsina.
“Yesterday, at about 9:40 p.m., bandits in their numbers, shooting sporadically with AK47 rifles, attacked GSSS Kankara in Kankara Local Government Area.
“The policemen on duty also responded to the attack and engaged them in a gun duel which gave the students opportunity to scale the fence of the school and run for safety.
“The DPO (Divisional Police Officer) Kankara, reinforced the policemen on duty with Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), which forced the hoodlums to retreat into the forest.”
The PPRO said that the police command was working with other security agencies and the school authorities to ascertain if any of the students were missing following the attack.
Isah, however, said that more 200 students, who fled to the town for their safety during the attack, returned to the school on Saturday morning.
He also said that a police Inspector, who sustained gunshot wounds during the incident, had been taken to the hospital where he was responding to treatment.