Kidnappers abduct American, Canadian in Kaduna State

Cheryl Sanders
January 17, 2018

Those abducted were two Americans and two Canadians.

Two American and two Canadian citizens have been kidnapped near the northern city of Kaduna, Nigeria, police say.

The two police escorting them were killed by the kidnappers in a gun battle.

A spokesman from Global Affairs Canada said on Wednesday they were aware of the reports of the kidnapping.

A spokesman for the United States Embassy in Nigeria declined to comment.

Canada can not release further details on the case due to privacy concerns, Babcock said.

Victims usually are freed unharmed after a ransom is paid, though security forces have rescued a few high-profile abductees.

In October, kidnappers took four Britons in Delta state in the south. One of them was killed while three others were released after negotiations.

Two German archaeologists were abducted in the region in February previous year.

The Kagarko-Jere road has gained notoriety in recent times as kidnapping in the area has spiked, following the deployment of several policemen to the Kaduna Abuja road.

In July 2016, Sierra Leone's defense attaché 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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