Kidnappers Kill Two Policemen, Abduct Two Foreigners In Kaduna
18 January, 2018, 14:24 | Author: Kim Reid
Last February, two German archaeologists were abducted in the region, though were later freed.
No further details were given and Aliyu said "every possible means" were being employed to rescue them four and arrest the kidnappers.
"Consular officials in Nigeria are in with local authorities to gather additional information", he said.
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"They engaged in a fierce gun battle with the two police escorts attached to the expatriates, who unfortunately lost their lives", he added.
A source in Kafanchan said the team of six had gone to Kafanchan and Kaura for inspection of a project and were waylaid by a group of bandits who stopped their vehicles, captured the four and drove into the bushes.
Two American and two Canadian citizens have been kidnapped near the northern city of Kaduna, Nigeria, police say. "The safety and protection of U.S. citizens overseas are among our top priorities", he added.
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Kidnapping has always been a problem in Nigeria's southern states, where high-profile individuals, including the families of prominent politicians, are regularly seized.
Spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Mr Mukhtar Aliyu, confirmed to Channels Television on Wednesday that the incident took place in Kagarko Local Government Area of the state. Two German archaeologists were seized at gunpoint past year less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Abuja and later freed unharmed. Three were released after negotiations, but the other, Ian Squire, was killed.
Kidnappings for ransom are common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway.
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Authorities did not release the names of the injured police officer and sheriff's deputies, nor their injuries or conditions. Multiple agencies then began "actively looking for the suspect" and issued emergency alerts to area residents, Faris said.
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