Nigerian Police killed, four North Americans kidnapped

Two Americans, two Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria: Police killed

Nigerian Police killed, four North Americans kidnapped

NIGERIA: Two Americans and two Canadians have already been kidnapped and two Nigerian police escorts murdered during an ambush in northern Kaduna state, police said Wednesday, in the recent abduction intended for foreigners.

State police spokesman Mukhtar Aliyu said, “unknown armed men” seized the four North Americans on the way to Abuja at 7:00 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Tuesday.
“They involved in a brutal gun battle with the two police escorts attached to the expats, who regrettably died,” he added.

No additional information was given and Aliyu said “every possible means” happen to be used to rescue the four abductees and arrest the kidnappers.

In Washington, a State Department official known as the abduction of only one US citizen.
“We are familiar with reports of a US citizen kidnapped in Nigeria,” he told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The safety and security of US citizens overseas are among our top priorities,” he added.

A State Department travel advisory for urges US citizens to “reconsider” visiting Nigeria, warning that “violent crime including armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping and rape frequently occurs all over the country.”

Global Affairs Canada. that manages Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations, is “aware of reports of the kidnapping of two Canadian citizens in Nigeria,” spokesman John Babcock said, “Consular officials in Nigeria are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information,” he added.
Kidnapping has long been a problem in Nigeria’s southern states, where high-profile individuals, including the families of prominent politicians, are regularly seized.

Victims are generally released after a couple of days as soon as a ransom is paid.

These days the crime has multiply throughout the country since the economic situation has stalled. A crackdown on cattle rustling has been ascribed to increasing number of abductions in the north.
In October this past year, an armed group took four British missionaries doing work for a medical charity in the oil-rich but impoverished state of Delta in the south.

One among the hostages was killed even though the three other hostages were later released.
Also in October, the Vatican said an Italian priest was kidnapped near Benin City, the capital of Edo state, which borders Delta state to the north. He was also later released.

Safety on the Kaduna-Abuja road came under intense scrutiny during the past year as soon as the federal government announced the closure of the capital’s only airport for essential runway repairs.
Many foreign missions and corporations advised staff to limit their travel through the closure period, as all domestic and a few international flights were switched to Abuja.

In July 2016, Sierra Leone’s defence attache to Nigeria was kidnapped by men in military fatigues armed with AK-47 rifles at a fake checkpoint on the Abuja-Kaduna road.

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