Gunmen abduct 7 foreign workers in northeastern Nigeria

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-2-17 22:55:58

Unknown gunmen kidnapped seven foreign workers from a construction company site in northeastern Nigeria and killed a guard on duty, local police said on Sunday.

Bauchi State Commissioner of Police Mohammed Ladan told Xinhua on phone that the gunmen on Saturday night kidnapped seven workers of a road construction company, SETRACO, in Jama'are in the state.

One security guard was killed in the assault on the company, according to the commissioner.

He said the gunmen also attempted to attack the Ganjuwa Police Station and the Jama'are prison, but were repelled by his men. Two police vehicles were torched in the raid.

The commissioner said no arrests have been made while investigations are underway.

Ladan said police officers have been deployed to track down the perpetrators of this dastardly act, adding that the police are on top of the situation.

"I can assure that we have set out our dragnets to track down those perpetrated this evil acts," he said.

"Yes we have an attack but our policemen repelled the attack on the Police station in Jama'are and Kafin Madaki and also they attacked a Prison Service in Jama'are and the security men at the prison yard also repelled the attack.

"But they burnt two vehicles in Jama'are Police station, they attacked SETRACO construction company and killed a local security guard of SETRACO company, and they succeeded in kidnapping seven people," the police chief said.

Ladan did not disclose the identities of the people kidnapped, but said police have probed into the separate attacks. He said he will only give details of the kidnapped workers of the company after investigations.

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