German abducted, policeman killed in Kano


Gunmen in the northern Nigerian state Kano killed a policeman and abducted a Germany citizen en route to a construction site, police said.

The gunmen’s motive was unclear. Kidnapping for ransom is common in parts of Nigeria.

Five gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying construction workers and opened fire on them along Sabon Titi Madobi road, a police spokesman said. The road is on the outskirts of the state’s capital also called Kano.

The vehicle was carrying staff of Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company, a Nigerian firm, to a building site, Kano police said in a statement. A police sergeant, part of a protection unit escorting the group, was killed and the German man abducted, the statement added.

The “manhunt for the abductors is ongoing,” said Kano state police in a statement. The German embassy in Nigeria declined to comment. The company also did not immediately respond to calls and an email requesting comment.