Manhunt launched after gunmen kidnap two Chinese nationals in Nigeria

2016-08-07 11:37
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Lagos – Gunmen have kidnapped two Chinese nationals on a road to Nigeria's capital Abuja, police said on Sunday.

Nasarawa state police spokesperson Ismail Noman told AFP the foreigners were ambushed on Saturday in the village of Agada on their way to Abuja.

"The Chinese nationals were abducted around 14:30 yesterday [Saturday] on their way to Abuja and taken to an unknown location," he said, adding a manhunt has been launched.

They were said to be working for a company handling construction projects in the area.

Chinese embassy officials in Nigeria were not immediately available for comment.

Kidnapping that targets prominent Nigerians and foreigners, especially in the oil-producing south, was rife in the 2000s until a 2009 government amnesty reduced unrest in the region.

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