YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) – Armed males kidnapped three Chinese nationals and killed two native employees engaged on a power project in Nigeria’s central state of Niger, police stated on Thursday.
The gunmen – considered members of gangs who’ve unfold havoc and carried out mass kidnappings – struck on Tuesday, attacking employees from the Sino-Hydro Power Dam who have been engaged on a transmission line tower in a village, police stated.
After a gun struggle with police, three Chinese nationals have been kidnapped and one other 4 of their compatriots have been rescued, Niger police spokesman Wasiu Abiodun stated.
A Chinese employee and two native employees have been hit by bullets and the Nigerians later died in hospital, Abiodun added.
“In the method of scampering for security through the gun duel, three among the many expatriates have been kidnapped,” he stated.
Joint police and navy groups had launched a manhunt for the lacking employees, he added.
Known domestically as bandits, the gangs have been concerned in abducting college youngsters and abnormal residents largely within the north and northwest, including to rising insecurity in a rustic battling an Islamist insurgency.
Bandits normally perform kidnappings for ransom and retreat to forests.
The authorities on Wednesday listed two bandit gangs as terrorist teams, permitting safety forces to make use of lethal power with out being liable to judicial scrutiny.
The military stated on Thursday two bandit leaders have been killed earlier this week following navy air strikes in Zamfara state, the place authorities imposed a telecoms blockade in September to attempt to comprise bandit operations.
(Additional reporting by Camillus Eboh in Abuja, writing by MacDonald Dzirutwe, enhancing by Andrew Heavens)