The head of the Islamic school in Tegina, Nigeria, where some students were abducted on Sunday has told the BBC that 136 students including five of his children are missing.
Three of the teachers are also missing since the attack.
Abubakar Alhassan said he spoke with the kidnappers who told him the children are being fed and kept in good condition.
He said the school has conducted a head count to ascertain the number of missing students.
We reported earlier that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security agencies to speed up their rescue efforts.
In another incident of violent attacks near Tegina on Monday, armed gangs raided neighbouring Beri town and a nearby village.
Residents told the BBC that that the gunmen arrived on motorcycles and started shooting indiscriminately, causing a stampede. They burnt down the police station in the town killing a policeman. ENDS