Kidnapped Chinese road workers released in Nigeria

Police say they have freed two kidnapped Chinese nationals working on a road project in southeast Nigeria, three days after they were captured last week.

Armed abductors were forced to give up workers Sun Zhixin and Wang Quing Hu, employed by the Tongyi group of companies, on Saturday morning because police were closing in on their forest hideout near the construction site in Ebonyi State.

"The pressure was so much on the kidnappers that they had to abandon them and flee," state police spokesperson Loveth Odah told journalists on Sunday.

"They were rescued in a thick forest around the area unhurt. They were not physically tortured but they may be psychologically tortured," she added, reports newspaper Premium Times.

She called on foreign companies to request police protection when they are working in remote areas.

The site was described as being at  located at the Ivo river, at the boundary between Ebonyi and Enugu states.

Kidnappings and violence against foreigners in Nigeria is not uncommon.

On Friday, 19 April a 29-year-old British woman was killed by gunmen while on holiday in the northern city of Kaduna. A Nigerian man was also killed in the attack, while three people were kidnapped.

Image: The city of Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, Nigeria (Liberty22/CC BY-SA 4.0)

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