American, Canadian investors kidnapped in ambush in Nigeria

Canadian, American abducted in Nigeria, police say

Spokesman to the Kaduna State Police Command, Mukhtar Aliyu who confirmed the incident, says the gunmen ambushed the vehicle of the two foreigners along Jere-Kargao road at about 7 pm on Tuesday while they were returning to Abuja from Kafanchan.

Kidnappers have abducted one American and one Canadian in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

He said security officers, including an anti-kidnapping unit, have been deployed to the area to ensure the perpetrators are apprehended while the two foreigners are rescued unharmed.

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.

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Another 14 people were reportedly injured, with eight of them taken to the hospital where they were treated and released. Nine of the victims were transported to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.

In October, kidnappers took four Britons in Delta state in the south. In recent years the crime has spread across the country as the economy has stalled.

One of the hostages was killed while the three other hostages were later released. He was also later released.

Many foreign missions and companies advised staff to limit their travel during the closure period, as all domestic and some global flights were switched to Abuja.

In July 2016, Sierra Leone's defence 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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