2 killed, 3 Chinese kidnapped in Niger

Three Chinese workers have been kidnapped by bandits in Niger state.

The bandits were said to have kidnapped the workers at Zungeru hydro-power dam project in the state.

Two security guards were also killed during the attack.

In a statement, Wasiu Abiodun, police public relations officer of the state, said the police team attached to the site engaged the bandits in a gun duel, rescuing four of the expatriates.

“On 04/1/2022 at about 1630hrs, suspected armed bandits attacked workers of Sino-Hydro Power Dam. The workers comprised of some Chinese expatriates and local staffs who were attacked while working on transmission line tower along Gussase village,” he said.

“In the process of scampering for safety during the gun duel, three among the expatriates could not be accounted for presently.”

He added that a joint team of police and military operatives are already on a manhunt for the hoodlums.

In 2021, the state witnessed a series of abductions, including that of schoolchildren.


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