Nigeria: 3 Chinese expats taken, police officer slain

ANKARA

Three Chinese nationals were abducted in southwestern Nigeria late Monday in an attack that also killed one police officer, the Nigerian police confirmed on Tuesday.

The three were working in an expatriate mining business in the city of Osun, and were abducted in the Itagunmodi area of Osun state, reported news website Vanguard.

Another expatriate in the group was reportedly shot while trying to escape the kidnappers, and is now receiving treatment at the OAU Teaching Hospital in Ile-Ife, the Punch news website reported.

The rifle of the slain police officer was also taken away during the attack, said the Vanguard.

There is no information yet on the kidnappers or their possible motive.

According to Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Zhou Pingjian, some 40,000-50,000 Chinese are based in Nigeria, most of them workers and businesspeople.
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