More than 300 students are missing after the attack on the boys' school on Friday night, Katsina governor Aminu Masari said.
A joint rescue operation was launched Saturday by Nigeria’s police, air force and army, according to the government.
The military was in gunfights with the bandits after locating their hideout in the Zango/Paula forest Saturday, according to a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari.
When the school was attacked, police engaged in a gunfight with the gunmen, allowing many students to scale the school's fence and run for safety, according to Katsina State police spokesman Gambo Isah.
The school has more than 600 students.
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