Gunmen kidnap Canadian woman in northern Nigeria

Fri Apr 17, 2009 4:05pm EDT
 
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ABUJA (Reuters) - Gunmen kidnapped a Canadian woman late on Thursday in the northwest Nigerian city of Kaduna, a police officer said on Friday.

"The woman was kidnapped around 10 p.m. yesterday by four gunmen as she was entering a house," a Kaduna police officer said in a telephone interview.

The police officer, who wished not to be identified, said no one had claimed responsibility. An official with the Canadian embassy in Nigeria declined to comment.

Abductions are common in the creeks of Nigeria's southern Niger Delta, the heartland of its oil and gas industry, but comparatively rare elsewhere.

More than 200 foreigners have been seized in the delta in recent years. Most have been freed unharmed after a ransom payment.

(For full Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues, visit: africa.reuters.com/ ) (Reporting by Randy Fabi; editing by Tume Ahemba, Tim Pearce)