A group of unidentified gunmen attacked a polytechnic in Nigeria’s northern state of Kaduna, abducting a lecturer and two students, local police said on Sunday.

Mohammed Jalige, a police spokesperson in Kaduna, who confirmed the incident to Xinhua on the phone, said police operatives have been deployed to secure the area, track the perpetrators and rescue the victims.

The gunmen invaded the Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic in the Zaria area of the state late into the night on Saturday, said Abdullahi Shehu, an Information Officer for the Polytechnic, adding the victims were taken away with force.

The gunmen shot sporadically into the air to scare the students and teachers after they forced their way into the school.

The lecturer, who teaches at the School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics of the polytechnic, was later taken away from his residence to an unknown destination.

Shehu said the father of the two abducted children was injured by the gunmen and was receiving treatment at a hospital.

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