Nigeria gunmen kidnap French national

2012-12-20 16:04
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Kano - A group of 30 gunmen who stormed a residence in northern Nigeria where expatriate workers were staying kidnapped a French citizen after killing two people, police said on Thursday.

"I can confirm the abduction of a French national," the Katsina state police chief, Abdullahi Magaji, told AFP of the incident late on Wednesday.

"The kidnappers numbering about 30 stormed the residence where the engineers of [French company] Vergnet were staying," he said, adding that a security guard and a neighbour were shot dead in the attack.

Vergnet, a company that specialises in alternative energy according to its website, was working on a wind power project in Katsina.

Abdullahi said the attack happened at a village called Rimmi, about 25km from the state capital, Katsina city.

"The gunmen later threw an explosive device into the police station on their way out the town to distract the police from pursuing them," he added.

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