Gunmen in Nigeria's Kano state kill policeman and abduct German citizen

Gunmen Abduct German Engineer In Kano, Kill Police Officer

The Kano State police command said some unknown gunmen have on Monday in Kano ambushed and killed a police escort and abducted a foreign national in the person of Michael Cremza.

"At about 07:45 a.m. local time today, some armed men attacked a vehicle taking some staff of construction firm Dantata & Sawoe to a construction site".

He identified the officer killed as a police sergeant and confirmed the name of the slain German.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Magaji Musa Majia, said the German national was abducted by a 5-men armed gang.

Kidnapping for ransom has been a problem for years in southern Nigeria, with the wealthy and influential, including family members of government ministers, regularly abducted for money.

The abductions were originally targeted at expatriates in the south-eastern oil region of the country, but gradually spread to the north of the country, where the authorities increased their crackdown on cattle rustling, which was the most common crime.

Recall that in January, two Americans and two Canadians were kidnapped in an ambush that killed two of their police escorts in the northern state of Kaduna. They were released several days later.

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