Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

The four foreigners were abducted along Kwoi-Jere road in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna State.

The Kaduna State Police Command has said that the two Americans and two Canadians that were abducted on Tuesday by gunmen have been released.

"I can not confirm if there have been negotiations or a ransom paid", Aliyu added.

The PPRO said the men were rescued due to the efforts put by the police after a directive from the Inspector General of Police.

One person suspected of links to the kidnapping - the latest abduction targeting foreigners in Nigeria - has been arrested, he said.

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The foreigners have been taken to the capital, Abuja, Kaduna state police spokesman Mukhtar Aliyu said. Aliya said they are in good condition.

Kafanchan is about 3-1/2 hours' drive northeast of Abuja.

Two of their police escorts were killed during an exchange of fire with the abductors. Aliyu earlier said they are investors setting up solar stations in villages around Kafanchan.

A State Department travel advisory urges U.S. citizens to "reconsider" travelling to Nigeria, warning that "violent crime such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping and rape is common throughout the country". Last February, two German archaeologists were abducted in the region, though were later freed. 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. A number of bandits, including herdsmen, have been arrested.

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