Australian citizens among seven kidnapped in Nigeria

    Australian citizens among seven kidnapped in Nigeria

    June 23, Canberra: Three Australians, two Nigerians, a New Zealander and a South African have been kidnapped in Nigeria in an ambush that killed their Nigerian driver, Australian officials said Thursday. They were working for Australian mining contractor Macmahon Holdings. 

    Authorities did not know who kidnapped the men.

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the Australian ambassador was on the scene and working with local authorities.

    Another Australian had escaped during the ambush at Cross River State, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. He said, "We are treating this extremely seriously as, I understand, is the Nigerian government."

    "We have some understanding of what occurred," she said. "Suffice to say there are seven people currently being held."

    Macmahon said in a statement that the dead driver and the seven kidnapped men were all employees. The kidnap happened near the city of Calabar.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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