ABUJA/ANKARA, July 21 (Reuters) – Four Turkish nationals have been kidnapped in western Nigeria and police are conducting a rescue operation, a state police spokesman said on Sunday.
“Four Turkish expatriates were kidnapped at a drinking spot in Gbale village in the Edu local government area of Kwara State,” said Okasanmi Ajayi, spokesman for Kwara state police.
A rescue operation has been launched to find the Turkish nationals and arrest the kidnappers, the spokesman said.
The incident was reported around 11:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, he said.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said it had no further information.
On Tuesday, 10 Turkish sailors were taken hostage by armed pirates who attacked a Turkish-flagged cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria.
Reporting by Camillus Eboh in Abuja and Tuvan Gumrukcu in Ankara Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Dale Hudson