Nigerian police say the gunman kidnapped three Chinese citizens working in the north-central part of the country
The gunman also killed two Nigerians working with foreigners at a hydroelectric power plant under construction adjacent to the Nigerian capital of Abuja in Niger State on Tuesday.
Police spokesman Wasiu Abiodun said in a statement Wednesday that when the attackers arrived and opened fire, workers were installing transmission line towers at the factory in Gussase village.
“The police tactical team attached to the facility engaged in a gun battle with the gangsters and four foreigners were rescued,” Abiodun said, adding that one of the Chinese workers and two local workers were wounded by gunshots.
He said that a “radical search” is being carried out to rescue the three hostages.
Criminal groups have kidnapped dozens of foreigners in Nigeria, but security forces have reduced the frequency of attacks over the years.
Workers in the oil-rich Niger Delta in the south are most often targeted. Hostage ransoms sometimes amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In November, the Chinese authorities issued a travel advisory, warning their citizens and companies not to travel to “high-risk” areas in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired general Muhammadu Buhari, who served as the head of Nigeria’s military state from 1983 to 1985, has deteriorated in law and order and returned to power in 2015.