More details have emerged following the kidnap of students of the Federal Government College, Yauri, Kebbi state.
The bandits who kidnapped staff and students of the college on Thursday also rustled cattle from their owners in the area.
The Army has said they rescued two teachers and five students after a fierce exchange of fire with the criminals. Earlier reports said it was five persons in all that were rescued.
A statement by Director of Army Public Relations Brig Gen Onyema Ugochukwu said the kidnappers were trailed from Yawuri through Riyao to Sombo community, where the kidnappers who had split into two groups fled, with one group conveying the abducted children, while the second group conveyed rustled cattle.
The land troops in conjunction with elements of the Nigerian Air Force, who provided close air support during the rescue mission intercepted the two groups at about 2.30 am and engaged them in a fire fight leading to the successful rescue of the teachers and students. The troops also recovered 800 cattle rustled by the bandits.
The statement said troops are still on the heels of the kidnappers in order to rescue the remaining abductees still in captivity.
He also clarified that the deceased female student was not shot at, but was found to have given up the ghost as a result of exhaustion.
Earlier, the Deputy Force Commander of the Joint Taskforce in the North-West Zone, Air Commodore Abubakar AbdulKadir had confirmed the incident.
“In the early hours of this morning, we have come across the kidnappers. They came to our blocking point, and we engaged them,” Abdulkadir said.
Politicos had reported the kidnap of at least 25 persons including students of the federal college in Yauri, a town over 200km south of Birnin Kebbi capital of the state.