The Katsina State Police Command has confirmed the rescue of 80 Islamic school students who were abducted on Saturday.
State police spokesman ASP Gambo Isa told the BBC the incident took place in Funtua Local Government Area.
According to him, the robbers abducted four women in the village of Dan Baure in the area, where they encountered Islamists on their way home from Maulidi.
“The 80 students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya in Mahuta, came from a Maulidi held in Alkasim area of Dandume and were joined by four men who stole 12 cows,” ASP Isa said.
“Then some came and told us what was going on and we sent our officers in a joint operation with the army and the guerrillas to defeat the thieves.”
According to a police spokesman, the incident resulted in the death and injury of the robber “although we do not yet know the number”.
“But the commissioner of police has sent more officers this morning to count the dead. We are on our side and no one is dead.”
The incident comes two days after the release of 344 Kankara boys’ boarding school students abducted in Katsina State last week.
Their abduction has drawn international attention to the escalating insecurity in northwestern Nigeria.