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One American and one Canadian Kidnapped in Nigeria

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ABUJA, Nigeria–Nigerian police on Wednesday said one Canadian and one American have been abducted by kidnappers in the state of Kaduna, a northern Nigerian territory, killing two police officers.

High jackings and Kidnappings are endemic in Nigeria, where internal security is weak, even though perpetrators overwhelmingly target other Nigerians.

Sources say abductions of foreigners are not uncommon throughout Nigeria, especially in areas controlled by gangs and pirates.

Mukhtar Aliyu, a spokesman for the Kaduna state police, said the American and Canadian were trapped on Tuesday evening by unknown gunmen around Kagarko on their way from the city of Kaduna to the capital Abuja.

The Nigerian capital Abuja is about two hours’ drive from Kaduna, a major northern city in the West Africa country.

“The two police escorts attached to them engaged the kidnappers in a fierce gun battle, which resulted in the unfortunate death of the two police officers,” Aliyu said.

So far, there has been no comment from both the American and Canadian embassies in Abuja regarding the abduction.

Last year October, kidnappers seized four Britons in Delta state in the south region of the country. Three of the abductees were released after serious negotiations, but the fourth person, Ian Squire, was killed.

Similarly, in February 2017, two German archaeologists were abducted in the same region but were later set free.  Police sources say the road leading from Abuja to Kaduna is known for kidnapping.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.

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