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Nigeria Kidnappers Release Abducted British National

By    |   Monday, 22 Jul 2013 01:32 PM

A British national kidnapped in Lagos, Nigeria last week has been freed, the BBC reported Monday.

The man, whose name has not been released, was abducted outside of the Lagos airport shortly after arriving in the country. Authorities have not said whether a ransom was paid to obtain his release.

The Briton’s driver was reportedly shot and wounded during the kidnapping.

Security officials said the abduction took place as the victim was traveling from the airport towards downtown Lagos, a city of 15 million people.

Southern Nigeria has been hit by waves of kidnappings targeting foreigners in recent months, with hostages typically being freed after a ransom payment.

Most of the recent kidnappings have occurred in oil-rich coastal areas and involved expatriates working in the oil and gas sector. But there has also been a rise in abductions in Lagos.

The increase in kidnappings in Lagos is in large part related to a government crackdown against criminal gangs elsewhere in Nigeria, security experts told Agence France Press.

"There has been a large displacement of criminals from other parts of the country and as a result an inflow into Lagos state," according to Onah Ekhomu of Transworld Security, a Nigerian security firm.




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