Reports from the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna say a number of students have been abducted from a secondary school.
Bethel Baptist School – belonging to the Baptist Church – was attacked by armed men in the early hours of Monday.
The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna state, Reverend John Joseph Hayap, told the BBC that there were around 180 students in the school and more than 20 have been accounted for so far.
He says it’s unclear whether all the remaining students have been abducted or some more have escaped. The police have yet to comment on the incident.
A mother whose 15-year-old daughter is among those missing says the gunmen broke a fence down and came in through the back of the school in the early hours of Monday.
This attack comes hours after a number of people including nurses, children and security guards were abducted from the staff quarters of hospital in the city of Zaria, which is about 80km (50 miles) north-east of Kaduna city.
Kidnapping for ransom is rampant across Nigeria with schools being frequently targeted.