Gunmen kill two policemen, abduct four foreigners in Kaduna

Nigerian Police Officers on duty

He said: "The Americans and Canadians were in Kafanchan to see a project".

Parts of the Abuja-Kaduna road have been target locations for kidnappers.

Two escorts with the Nigeria Police Force were reportedly killed by the armed kidnappers, before the foreigners were abducted.

A US State Department official said that they were "aware of reports of a US citizen kidnapped in Nigeria", but said the department now had no further comment.

DSP Mukhtar Aliyu confirmed that the foreign nationals included two Canadians and two Americans.

"Also, the two police escorts attached to the expatriates engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle".

The foreigners were kidnapped on Kwoi-Jere road in Kagarko Local Government Area on their way to Abuja from Kafanchan and Kaura. "The two police officers died in the unfortunate incident and efforts are being made to track down the assailants", he added.

In October, kidnappers took four Britons in Delta state in the south. Last February, two German archaeologists were abducted in the region but were later freed. Three were released after negotiations, but the other, Ian Squire, was killed.

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