Briton kidnapped in Nigeria

Lagos - A British national has been kidnapped near Lagos international airport in Nigeria's commercial capital, the British Consulate-General has reported.

Diplomats are working with Nigerian authorities on the kidnapping, which took place earlier this week, said consulate spokesperson Wale Adebayo.

The person was kidnapped shortly after leaving the international terminal.

Adebayo would not say what day it occurred or give any other information, citing the "sensitive nature" of the issue.

The US Embassy in Nigeria sent an alert about the kidnapping, saying it "urges all US citizens living and traveling in Nigeria to take extra precautions for your personal security and safety" because of the "high threat of kidnapping of expatriates country-wide."

Kidnappings for ransom are relatively common in oil-rich Nigeria — both of foreigners and wealthy Nigerians.

The three-year-old son of a state legislator and four Chinese nationals in two different states all have been reported kidnapped this month.

Some cases are not reported because of fears for the safety of the hostages.

Most are released unharmed after ransoms have been paid, though people have been injured and killed if they resist.


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