Cop killed as gunmen abduct three Chinese in Nigeria
15 March 2015, 09:10
Lagos - Gunmen abducted three Chinese workers after a
shoot-out that left a police officer dead in central Nigeria, police said on Saturday.
"Three Chinese nationals were abducted by some
unknown gunmen within the early hours of Friday," a senior police officer
told AFP, requesting anonymity.
He said the gunmen had stormed a quarry outside Lokoja,
the capital of Kogi state, and engaged the policemen on guard in a shoot-out.
"One policeman was killed while another sustained
gunshot wounds," he said.
He said the assailants escaped with their hostages on
foot through the bush, adding that police were on their trail.
It was unknown whether the kidnappers were planning to
demand a ransom.
Kogi state has seen a wave of abductions targeting
foreigners this year.
Two weeks ago, two other Chinese nationals were kidnapped
in the state, while an American missionary was taken from her school last
The missionary, who works in the village of Emiworo where
her Free Methodist Church runs a community organisation, was released last
State police said they were unaware of any ransom paid
for her liberation.
Foreign nationals have often been kidnapped in Nigeria by
local gangs who typically release hostages following a ransom payment.
Such abductions are especially common in the southern,
oil-producing Niger Delta, where expatriates working with large oil companies
have been a frequent target.
A number of foreigners have also been kidnapped in the
north of the country, but those attacks claimed by Boko Haram or the linked
Islamist group Ansaru are considered a different phenomenon, and not
necessarily motivated by a desire for ransom.
A number of people seized by Nigerian Islamists have been
killed by their captors, while others have died during botched rescue