Soldiers have rescued six of the students abducted from Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State.
Force Information Officer, Operation Hadarin-Daji, Cpt. Ibrahim Yahaya, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) via telephone on Friday in Gusau.
Yahaya said that the troops pursued the abductors who took the students, mostly females, to the forest.
He said that the troops engaged the abductors in a gun duel, supported by the air component of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), and rescued six of the students.
Yahaya further stated that several bandits were neutralised during the rescue effort which, he said, was still ongoing.
“The troops also recovered one AK-47, a magazine, four motorcycles and one communication gadget from the terrorists,” the officer said.
The bandits have abducted the students in the wee hours of Friday when they stormed the university at Sabon -Gida community of Bungudu Local Government Area.
The Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Sani Ahmed, is the officer leading security agents currently combing the forest along Tsafe Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.