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At least 200 students were abducted in Nigeria on Sunday afternoon, according to local news outlets.
The abduction occurred at a school located at Tegina in the Rafi local government area of Niger state, one report said.
It added that one person was shot dead while another sustained gunshot wounds.
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Those early reports did not provide the identities of the victims, but said the attack on the northern Nigerian school happened around 4.30 pm local time on Sunday.
They said the students were Islamiyya (Islamic) students.
No further details were provided.
It’s another abduction in a series of several school kidnappings in recent months.
President Muhammadu Buhari who vowed to improve the security situation in Nigeria has been under fire in recent months.
On Sunday, his supporters accused a former President of trying to oust him ahead of worldwide protests next month by Nigerians demanding a better or a change of leadership.