At least 30 students were yet to be accounted for after Nigerian troops rescued 180 persons following gunmen attack on a college in Kaduna state, northwest Nigeria, according to a internal security official in the state on Friday.

Samuel Aruwan, the state commissioner of internal security and home affairs, told media in Kaduna city, the state capital, that the gunmen in large numbers attacked the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization located at Afaka, Igabi local government area of Kaduna state at around 11:30 p.m. local time on Thursday.

“The armed bandits broke into the institution by breaching a perimeter fence. They then encroached about 600 meters to attack the first facility,” Aruwan said.

He said troops of the Nigerian army immediately moved to the school on receiving a distress call, and engaged the gunmen.

“The troops successfully rescued 180 citizens; 42 female students, eight staff and 130 male students. However, about 30 students, a mix of males and females, are yet to be accounted for,” he said.

Aruwan assured that the security operatives, including the police and military, were working round the clock to rescue them.

“Some of the rescued students were injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility,” Aruwan said.

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