Nigeria: gunmen kidnap three Chinese workers

Nigeria: gunmen kidnap three Chinese employees

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Lagos | Gunmen kidnapped three Chinese workers working on a hydroelectric dam project in central Nigeria, also killing two local workers, police said on Thursday. & nbsp;

The attackers attacked Tuesday afternoon the employees of the “SinoHydro” project in Niger state, said Wasiu Abiodun, spokesman for the state police, in a statement.

“The team of police attached to the facility engaged the offenders in a gun duel, four expatriates were rescued, but one of them and two local employees were shot and wounded, ”Abiodun said. & nbsp;

The two local employees later died in the hospital.

“During this duel, three expatriates were kidnapped while trying to get to shelter, ”the statement said.

In Africa's most populous country, criminal gangs often target foreign workers employed on infrastructure projects. ur get ransoms.

Chinese workers have been targeted multiple times in Nigeria over the past few months while working on multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects, including mines, railways, airports and roads.

Although authorities rarely confirm giving money, victims are usually released after payment of a ransom.

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