Gunmen kidnap at least 20 boys from Nigerian boarding school

DAKAR, Senegal — Gunmen stormed a north-central Nigerian boarding school early Wednesday, kidnapping at least 20 teenage boys, the local governor said — the second mass abduction of children to shake the country in three months.

The attackers raided the Government Science Secondary School in the town of Kagara before sunrise and dragged the classmates into the dense woods.

Police initially said they suspected “hundreds” could have been taken. Three teachers and 12 family members also vanished into the night, Abubakar Sani Bello, the governor of Niger state, said on television.

Schools in the region have been shuttered. Helicopters hovered over the treetops as security forces continued their search and, by midmorning, authorities were still counting the missing.

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