Gunmen abduct German engineer working for Dantata in Kano

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Gunmen in the northern Nigerian state of Kano killed a policeman and abducted a Germany citizen on Monday as they travelled to a construction site, police said.

Five gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying construction workers and opened fire on them along Sabon Titi Madobi road at around 7:45 a.m. (0645 GMT), Kano police spokesman Magaji Majia said.

The road is on the outskirts of the state’s capital city, also called Kano.

The vehicle was carrying staff of Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company, a Nigerian firm, to a building site, Kano police said in a statement.

A police sergeant, who was part of a protection unit escorting the group, was killed and the German man was abducted, the statement added.

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The “manhunt of the abductors is ongoing,” said Kano state police in a statement.

The German embassy in Nigeria declined to comment.

The company also did not immediately respond to calls and an email requesting comment.

Kidnappings for ransom are common in Nigeria, including abduction of foreigners.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the engineer’s capture.

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