Unknown gunmen have stormed a quarry site in Sokoto State, killing three policemen and kidnaping a Syrian national in the process.
The Sokoto state police command confirmed the killing of three policemen and kidnapping of an expatriate, Abul Nasir, a Syrian national working with Triacta Construction Company in the state.
The command’s public relations officer, Cordelia Nwawe, told NAN on Wednesday that the incident occurred around 7: 20 am at the company’s quarry site in Lambar Mazaru village in Bodinga Local Government Area.
Nwawe said the three policemen guarding the premises were confirmed dead in the hospital, while the expatriate was taken to unknown place. She said the police had commenced investigation into the issue with a view to releasing the abducted Syrian national and arresting the culprits.
Some of the company’s security men guarding the quarry said four hoodlums, who drove in a car with tinted glasses, attacked the place. They said the gunmen opened fire on the policemen immediately they arrived at the quarry. They said the kidnapped expatriate was the manager of the site.
It can be recalled that early this year, an American and a Canadian were abducted in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Kaduna after their police escorts were killed in a gun battle with attackers, police revealed.
Kaduna police spokesperson Mukhtar Aliyu said the expatriates were kidnapped along the volatile Abuja expressway late Tuesday. He did not name the abductees.
“It is confirmed that an American and a Canadian were ambushed by unknown gunmen around Kagarko on their way from Kaduna to Abuja around 8 p.m. Tuesday,” Aliyu told Anadolu Agency.
“Also, the two police escorts attached to the expatriates engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle. The two police officers died in the unfortunate incident and efforts are being made to track down the assailants,”