The Nigerian army has discovered the abductors of high school students in katsina State northwestern Nigeria and exchanged gun shots with the militants, base on a statement from the presidency on Saturday.

A team of gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles stormed a Gov’t secondary school in Kankara district at about 9.40pm on Friday, base on reports from the police.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Fathers and Mothers other school staff told news agency that out of 800 students, close to half had not been seen.Fathers and Mothers other school staff told news agency that out of 800 students, close to half had not been seen.

A speech from President Muhammadu Buahri said the army had identified the whereabouts of the student’s abductor in the bush and had exchanged fire with them with the aid of warplanes.

In a statement, President Buhari condemned the incident that erupted in his state. Police and army are working to determine how many people have been abducted and how many are missing.

Police who arrived at the scene of the attack on Friday exchanged fire with the attackers, which allowed some students to get away, police spokesman Gambo Isah stated in assertion.

Police have recruited additional officers to search for and rescue the secondary school students. One police officer is injured during the exchange of fire with the militants, according to them.

Katsina has been rocked by instability linked to the activities of thugs who have been attacking people to keep them as hostages for ransom. Attacks by militants claiming to be Islamic militants are common in the north-east of the country.