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Gunmen abduct seven, including Australians, in Calabar

23 June 2016, 20:00

Calabar - Gunmen have killed a driver and kidnapped seven people in the outskirts of Calabar the Cross River state capital, Channelstv reports.

Three of the hostages are Australian citizens while one is an Australian resident.

The hostages, two of whom Police say later escaped, are contractors for cement company, Lafarge Africa.

A spokeswoman for Lafarge Africa, Viola Graham-Douglas, says Lafarge Africa has been informed of the incident by Australian contractor Macmahon Holdings Ltd, and that Macmahon is working with the security agencies to resolve this situation”.

Macmahon Holdings Ltd has confirmed that it is “working to ensure the safe return of all the men involved and are in communication with their families”.

The driver, according to Leadership, was shot dead apparently because of his initial attempt to resist the attack.

Cross River State commissioner of police, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, has confirmed the incident, saying   the police was currently trailing the gunmen.

- News 24


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