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Monday, 27 February 2017

German Archaeologists Abducted In Kaduna Have Been Released

Nigeria entführte deutsche Archäologen wieder frei (picture alliance/AP Photo/L. Oyekanmi)
Residence where they live under guard
To German Archaeologists who were Kidnapped in aduna state have been freed and  the Police said that no ransom was paid. They were seized near a road between Abuja and Kaduna.

The two Germans had been abducted on Wednesday during excavation work at Jenjela village in Kaduna state and two villagers who attempted to help them were shot and killed by the kidnappers.

No ransom was paid when they were freed late on Saturday, a police official said, without giving details. The gunmen had demanded a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000 or 190,000 euros).

"The two archaeologists from the Goethe University in Frankfurt are free. They are in the care of the German embassy in Abuja," said an unnamed source at the Foreign Ministry. "They are doing well under the circumstances," the source added, without providing further details.

The governor of Kaduna, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, applauded Nigeria's security forces on Sunday for securing the hostages' release. There were no details as to whether anyone had been arrested.


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