Hundreds of boys have been abducted by gunmen from a secondary school in Nigeria’s northwest on Friday night.
Parents of the more than 300 students converged at the all-boys Government Science school in Kankara on Sunday to beg authorities to save them.
“We will not rest until we see the end of this,” state spokesman Abdul Labaran told Reuters.
Labaran said military and intelligence chiefs were in Kankara to lead the rescue. While 321 students were missing, he said some could have gone home to other states.
All state schools in Katsina were ordered to close because officials did not know the attackers’ motives, the education commissioner said.
Attacks by armed gangs, widely known as bandits, are common throughout northwestern Nigeria. The groups attack civilians, stealing or kidnapping them for ransom. Islamist militants are more common in the northeast.
There is growing anger with the precarious security situation in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. Late last month, Islamist militants killed scores of farmers in northeastern Borno, beheading some of them.