Gunmen have reportedly killed one person, critically injured another and abducted over 200 pupils in an Islamiyya school in Tegina, Rafi local government area of Niger State, northcentral Nigeria.
A police station was also attacked during the operation with no official report of any casualty.
Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with journalists and said they were yet to ascertain the exact number of pupils abducted.
Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Adamu Usman, also confirmed the incidence, saying the children were abducted at about 3 pm.
He said that the command had deployed a tactical squad supported by operatives of Operation Puff Adder 2, to track the abductors and rescue the victims.
Other sources are however saying the little children among the kidnapped were released by their captors.
Chairman of Rafi Local Government Area, Mr. Ismaila Modibbi, who said the gunmen came on twenty-five motorcycles to execute the unfortunate incident, added that the gunmen also killed a motorcycle taxi operator (Okada rider) and went away with his motorcycle.