An armed gang abducted students from an Islamic school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger on Sunday, police and state government officials said.

Iran PressAfrica: Armed groups carrying out kidnapping for ransom are blamed for a series of raids on schools and universities in northern Nigeria in recent months, abducting more than 700 students for ransom since December.

A spokesman for Niger's state police said in a statement that gunmen on motorcycles attacked the town of Tegina, in the Rafi local government area of the state, at around 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Sunday.

Sunday's attack in Nigeria took place the day after the release of the remaining 14 students of a group abducted last month from a university in neighboring Kaduna state.

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The school's owner, Abubakar Tegina, told Reuters in a phone interview that he witnessed the attack.

"One person was shot dead during the attack and a second person was seriously injured," the state governor's spokeswoman said.

She said 11 of the children taken were released by the gunmen because they were too small and couldn't walk.

"A group of bus passengers were also abducted," she said.


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