Three Chinese nationals abducted in Nigeria, police say
The workers were installing a transmission line tower at the plant in the village of Gussase when the attackers arrived and opened fire, police spokesman Wasiu Abiodun said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Police tactical team attached to the facility engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel while four of the expatriates were rescued,'' Abiodun said, adding that with one of the Chinese workers and two local workers sustained bullet injuries.
He said an “aggressive manhunt” was underway to rescue the three hostages.
Criminal gangs have abducted scores of foreigners in Nigeria, though security forces reduced the frequency of the attacks over the years.
Workers in the southern oil-rich Niger Delta region are most often targeted. Ransoms for hostages sometimes run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The state of security across Nigeria has deteriorated under President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired military general who served as Nigeria's military head of state during 1983-1985 before returning to power in 2015.
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