Two Chinese workers kidnapped in Nigeria’s Edo state – police

A Nigerian policeman stands guard as All Progressives Congress (APC) party supporters march towards the Independent National Electoral Commission Office in Port Harcourt during a demonstration calling for the cancellation of the presidential election in the Rivers State on March 29, 2015. Thousands of supporters of Nigeria's main opposition party demonstrated in the southern state of Rivers, calling for the cancellation of elections locally because of alleged irregularities. AFP PHOTO / FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR (Photo by FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR / AFP)

ONITSHA, Nigeria July 5 – Unknown gunmen have kidnapped two Chinese workers and killed a policeman in the southern Nigerian state of Edo, a police spokesman said on Friday.

The abductions took place on Wednesday on the outskirts of Benin City, the state capital, Edo state police commissioner Dan Malam Mohammed told Reuters, adding that the two workers were employed by a company called Time Multinational.

“The abductors have not made any contact but we are tracking them,” Mohammed said. “No arrest has been made yet.”

No further details were immediately available. Kidnappings are common in southern Nigeria. (Reporting By Anamesere Igboeroteonwu in Onitsha, writing by Libby George Editing by Gareth Jones)

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