Nigerian cops free hostage, kill 3 kidnappers
25 October 2012, 10:04
Lagos - Police say they have freed a hostage and killed three kidnappers during a rescue operation in south-eastern Nigeria.
state police chief Bala Nasarawa said on Wednesday that police had
raided a hideout in the town of Ihiala two days earlier. Kidnappings
often occur in this region where criminal gangs thrive, but police
rarely manage to rescue captives.
Nasarawa said police acted on a tip-off, but declined to identify the freed captive or provide other details.
and criminal gangs in Nigeria's south and in its oil-rich delta have
routinely targeted expatriate workers. But in recent years, kidnappers
have increasingly captured middle- and upper-class Nigerians, including
actors and journalists.
Local gangs see kidnapping as a good way of receiving ransom payments in a region of high unemployment.