Americans, Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria freed, police say

Pauline Gross
January 21, 2018

"The abductors ambushed them along with police escorts who traveled with them, two policemen were killed in the gun battle", he said.

The police boss at a press briefing on Saturday in Kaduna said the two foreigners were rescued by the police at Jere area in Kagarko Local Government Area of the state.

Two suspected kidnappers were also reportedly arrested by a combined team of Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, Counter Terrorism Unit and Kaduna State Police Command. "It was the efforts of the police through the directives of the Inspector General of Police that led to their release", he said.

The foreign nationals were members of an investment team for a solar power project in Kafanchan district in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State Police spokesman Mukhtar Aliyu told CNN.

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"I can not confirm if there have been negotiations or a ransom paid", Aliyu added. "Canadian officials worked closely with Nigerian government officials on the ground to ensure the best possible outcome". "Due to privacy considerations we have no further comment".

"We are very pleased that all individuals involved have been released and are safe", Reid said.

Kidnappings for ransom are common on the road between Kaduna and Abuja.

"The four abducted foreigners comprising two Americans and two Canadians have been freed Friday night", he said. Sierra Leone's deputy high commissioner was taken at gunpoint on the highway in 2016 and held for five days before he was let go.

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