Killing and a kidnapping in Kano


Gunmen in Nigeria abducted a Lebanese construction worker and killed another man in the northern city Kano, a police official said.

The attack and abduction in the country’s second-biggest city comes amid higher than usual security as Nigeria is in election season.

“A Lebanese attached to Triacta construction company was attacked,” said Haruna Abdullahi, a police spokesman.

The unidentified gunmen also shot Alphonsus Ahmed, who died on his way to hospital, and another, Abdullahi Mohammed, was injured by a bullet, the spokesman said. Police were combing the area looking for suspects.

A Triacta official declined to comment.

Kidnappings are rampant in Nigeria, where locals and foreigners are targeted — mostly for ransom.

A sluggish economy means the average Nigerian is poorer while national security infrastructure is crumbling.

Kano is the economic heart of northern Nigeria, where many foreigners live and work.

Nigeria is concluding its gubernatorial elections, held last Saturday, with results yet to be announced. Last month voters re-elected Muhammadu Buhari for a second term as president.

He campaigned on pledges to fight corruption and renew infrastructure as well as revive the economy and quell violence including a decade-old Islamist insurgency in the northeast.