Kidnappers abduct American, Canadian in Nigeria, two police killed: police official

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Posted: Jan 17, 2018 10:16 AM

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted one American and one Canadian in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

The American and Canadian were ambushed by unknown gunmen around Kagarko on their way from the city of Kaduna to the capital Abuja, Mukhtar Aliyu, a spokesman for the Kaduna state police, said by phone.

"The two police escorts attached to them engaged the kidnappers in a fierce gun battle, which resulted in the unfortunate death of the two police officers," he said.

(Reporting by Garba Muhammed; Writing by Paul Carsten; Editing by Hugh Lawson)