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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Three Chinese Workers Kidnapped In Kogi State!

Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped three Chinese workers, killing a policeman and injuring another during an ensuing shootout with the security forces.

"Three Chinese nationals were abducted by some unknown gunmen within the early hours of Friday," a Nigerian security officer said, adding, "One policeman was killed while another sustained gunshot wounds."

According to the officer, the incident took place in a quarry in Kogi State and the assailants managed to escape with the hostages.


No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. The kidnappers' motives or demands are also as of yet unknown.

Kidnapping foreign nationals frequently takes place in the violence-wracked African country. Two weeks ago, unknown assailants abducted two other Chinese nationals in Kogi. An American woman, who worked as a missionary in Free Methodist Church in Kogi’s village of Emiworo, was also kidnapped last month.

Abduction for ransom is also a common phenomenon in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern Niger Delta, where many foreign workers are cooperating with large oil companies.

Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group has also abducted several people in Nigeria’s strife-torn northeast.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden,” controls parts of northeastern Nigeria and says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government.

It has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly shooting attacks and bombings in various parts of Nigeria since the beginning of its activities in 2009, which have left over 13,000 people dead and 1.5 million displaced.

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