BREAKING: Kidnappers abduct American, Canadian, kill two policemen in Kaduna

FILE: Gunmen have abducted a Katsina traditional ruler, Alhaji Bature Mai’unguwa
FILE: Gunmen have abducted an American and Canadian in Kaduna

One American and one Canadian have been abducted by kidnappers in Kaduna state, northeast Nigeria, a Police official has confirmed on Wednesday.

The kidnappers killed two police officers in the process of capturing their victims.

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

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“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,” he said.

Only last week, the Nigeria Army said a militant oil leader who had once organized the kidnapping of four British missionaries and death of one, Ian Squire, has been killed.

Military Joint Task Force spokesman Major Ibrahim Abdullahi said Friday that Peregbakumo Oyawerikumo, who was known as “Karowei” was killed in a gun battle.

He said the gun battle occurred after his gang members ambushed the military unit that was transporting him after arrest.

He says Karowei was arrested Thursday in his hideout in southern Nigeria’s Delta state.

More to follow…