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Abuja: Three of the students kidnapped by gunmen in northern Nigeria earlier this week have been shot dead, a local official said Friday.

"The armed bandits who kidnapped students of Greenfield University, have shot dead three of the abducted students," said Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna state's internal security and home affairs commissioner, adding that "an unspecified number of students" had been taken in the Wednesday evening attack.