Saturday 18 November 2017

Nigeria police arrest two suspects over abduction of Britons and kill third

Ian Squire, a British national who was killed three weeks after being kidnapped in Nigeria (Foreign and Commonwealth Office/PA)
Ian Squire, a British national who was killed three weeks after being kidnapped in Nigeria (Foreign and Commonwealth Office/PA)

Two suspects in the abduction of four British missionaries in Nigeria have been arrested while a third was killed in a shoot-out.

State police spokesman Andrew Aniamaka said on Thursday that the suspects were arrested in Nigeria's oil hub of Warri on Wednesday.

The Britons were working for a Christian medical charity providing free services to residents living near isolated Niger Delta creeks when they were kidnapped in mid-October.

UK authorities have said three of the missionaries were released, but the fourth - Ian Squire - was killed.

Kidnappings for ransom are common in Nigeria.

A number of high-profile abductions have been carried out by militants in the Niger Delta region and by the Islamist group Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria.

Press Association

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